Unmemory by Kristi DeMeester

Unmemory Published: 2018

Publisher: Tallhat Press

Format: Chapbook, Paperback

Pages: 40

Genre: Christmas Horror

Buy: Yves Tourigny

Rating: 4/5

An original, 9,000-word short story by Kristi DeMeester, with 10 illustrations by Yves Tourigny. A university student attempts to track down the briefly-glimpsed Christmas film which traumatized her as a child.


I received this short chapbook in my December Nightworms box which is a new horror subscription box that you can check out here.  

Since this is such a short book, my review is short and sweet but worthy of a mention here on the blog, and it’s Christmas Horror…who doesn’t love holiday themed horror to get you in the spirit!?

This was my first introduction to Kristi DeMeester and now I’m dying to read more of her work.

A young college student tries to track down a film that traumatized her as a child. What follows is a bizzare and creepy reminder that it’s not always ghosts and demons that haunt us.

The artwork is by Yves Tourigny and was absolutely phenomenal, it really added to the overall vibe of the story. There’s an image towards the end that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get out of my mind.

Do you enjoy reading themed books during the holidays? I’ve got two other books on my TBR this month that are full of Christmas horror goodness!

Happy Reading!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Merch

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Good Morning friends! Today on Top Ten Tuesday is all about bookish merchandise. This one is actually a tough one for me because I don’t really like a lot of ‘stuff’ in general. We have a smaller and older home, the four of us, so aside from books, I’m quite picky with what’s brought into the home to live forever.

So instead of sharing pins, and candles, and other bookish goodies, I thought I’d share with you some of the things already on my wish list for my home that is book related sprinkled with a couple of bookish goodies I’m hoping Santa sees. Photos are not my own and shared from various retail websites linked below.

  1. Wood and material for the new shelves we’re building in my hallway under the stairs.
  2. Utility Cart such as this one from Target. I bought one for my sons room and just found a pink one for my daughters crafts in her room, so now I want one for myself. Have you seen those gorgeous TBR carts popping up everywhere!? I swoon.
  3. Geode bookends for our new shelves. I love stones and geodes so I’d love a set for our bookshelves. I found this gorgeous set on Pottery Barn but I see them all the time at Home Goods and Marshall’s for a fraction of the price.
  4. An electric blanket like this one for those cold wintery nights on the couch with my book and a glass of whiskey.
  5. This wooden bath tray for relaxing in the tub with a good book.
  6. This beautiful wool kindle cover with pocket from BertiesCloset on Etsy. I commute every day and my current cover is looking quite abused. Another company I love for booksleeves is Book Beau, I currently have two and I  love them!
  7. This desktop organizer or something similar for our bedroom and home for my current nighttime reads.
  8. Baskets – hear me out. I know these aren’t really ‘bookish’ items but I use them around the house for books for the kids! We have a book basket that we keep by my bed full of our favorite bedtime stories. Once the shelves are done downstairs, I’d like a couple for the floor under the shelves to put the board books and other well loved children’s picture books which currently live under the TV.
  9. These book scratch off posters! I just love these and am actually thinking I might get one for my kids for Christmas as something we can do together throughout the years!
  10. I had a tough time coming up with one more but something I wish I could always try out are book subscription boxes! I never have because there really hasn’t been to many that are up my alley and I don’t love all the random ‘stuff’ that comes in them. I also don’t do well with commitments. However, a new book box company has emerged and it’s one I can totally get behind. Enter the Night Worms Horror box! Check them out if you love horror and book boxes! Sign up for their newsletter, they have lots of new exciting things happening that you don’t want to miss.

And there you have it! My bookish wishlist! See anything you have and love or anything that you’d love to have too?

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

My TOME TOPPLE TBR | November 2018

Happy Monday everyone! As promised, I’m coming at you with my TBR plans for the Tome Topple Readathon hosted by the gorgeous Sam of Thoughts on Tomes.

This readathon starts at midnight on Friday, November 16th and ends at midnight on Thursday, November 29th. I don’t like a lot of rules so fortunately this one only has one: to read something over 500 pages. We can work with that.

There are a few challenges that are just for fun however:

  1. Read more than one tome
  2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages)
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series
  4. Buddy read a tome
  5. Read an adult novel

Now, I have about five days off during this time and usually we go up to Maine and hang out with my family for the Thanksgiving weekend. It’s generally a pretty quiet weekend so I suspect I will be able to get a decent amount of reading done.

I’m going to share with you five books that I’ve put on my TBR for this but realistically I’ll only get to two…and maybe finish one. I’m sharing five just because I want options to pick from depending on my mood during those two weeks.

Here are the pile of books I plan to pull from:

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon(928p.) – This one is a big maybe for me. I read Outlander a couple of years ago at the urging of a friend. I ended up really enjoying that book so I, of course, went out and picked up the next four books in the series. I’ve read the second and third book and thoroughly disliked both. Snoozeville. I really hate starting a series and not seeing it through but I’m just not totally sold that it’s worth continuing. This would complete the challenge of reading a tome in a series.

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King (513p.) – I’ve actually already started this as a buddy read but am really struggling to get into it. It’s a slow burn and I think I may be in a Stephen King hangover after reading the monster that is “It”. I just set this one aside to pick up something different so I was thinking I could easily finish this for this readathon.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (544p.) – I just posted about this book on my list of top ten books I want to get to so clearly this book needs to be read! More than likely this will be the main novel I pick up but if I can get through this one and Lisey’s story then that would be winning.

I added two graphic novels to my pile as well, both copies are from the library and not something I own:

Blankets by Craig Thompson (592p.) – This is sort of a ‘coming of age’ story based on the authors childhood. It deals with young love, the emotional highs and lows of being young, dysfunctional families, losing your religion…and your innocence. It’s not something I would pick at first glance but with great reviews, and limited choices of LARGE graphic novels, here it sits on the list.

From Hell by Alan Moore (576p.) – Now this one is more up my alley, although I’m not sure yet how I feel about the black and white artwork and small confined blurbs of text, but I do love just about anything involving the Ripper killings. If you haven’t seen the movie which features Johnny Depp then let me tell you that this book is about Alan Moore’s take on the Ripper killings. His version makes the killings the epicenter of a conspiracy involving the British Establishment which includes the Freemasons and The Royal Family.

And there you have it! Most of the challenges I’ll be able to complete with the exception of the buddy read (unless any of you want to buddy read one of these with me).

I am so pumped for this readathon and looking forward to some down time to settle in and read. If you’re looking for more details including a list of the co-hosts, make sure you check out Sam’s announcement video linked up above or visit the Goodreads group page.

Are you planning on joining the Tome Topple? What’s the largest book you’ve ever read?

Happy Reading!

 

MY SHORT-A-THON TBR | December 2018

In case you haven’t heard (which you might not have yet because they literally JUST announced it), Destiny from Howling Libraries and Kathy from Books and Munches are hosting an awesome read-a-thon dedicated to clearing out those shorter novellas, comics, graphic novels, short stories, or whatever else that’s short, from your TBR!

I’ll let you head over to one of their pages for all of the details but I figured I’d share with you today my TBR because I’ve already got mine ready to go!

I’m going to be reading mostly graphic novels for this because I’ve got a nice little stack sitting by my bed that I’ve been meaning to get to and this is the perfect opportunity to knock them out before the end of the year.

GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

Lady Mechanika Vol. 1: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse by Joe Benitez – 160p.

Lady Killer, Volume 2 by Joelle Jones – 136p.

Penny Dreadful Vol 1: The Awaking by Chris King – 112p.

Penny Dreadful Vol 2: The Beauteous Evil – 112p.

Nailbiter Vol 3: Blood in the Water by Joshua Williamson – 123p.

Nailbiter Vol 4: Blood Lust by Joshua Williamson – 128p.

Nailbiter Vol 5: Bound by Blood by Joshua Williamson – 144p.

Nailbiter Vol 6: The Bloody Truth by Joshua Williamson – 144p.

So those are the priority graphic novels that I’ll be reading. I actually just picked up five graphic novels from the library but I doubt I’ll wait to read those for this.

If I do finish all of the above, there are two short novella’s I’d like to read as well. One is an ARC that is coming out in January 2019 so I’m planning on reading in December anyway and another is a horror novella by Kealan Patrick Burke.

Jack & Jill by Kealan Patrick Burke – 104p.

Looker by Laura Sims – 192p.

I’m really looking forward to this read-a-thon! This will be my second read-a-thon that I know I can really commit to. The other one I’m participating in is the #TomeTopple happening this month which is hosted by one of my many favorite book-tubers, Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.

I’ll talk more about that read-a-thon in a seperate post once I’ve figured out which book (or two) I want to tackle.

Will you be participating in Short-a-thon? If yes, link your TBR’s down below so I can see what you’ll be reading!

Happy Reading!

Graphic Novel Review: Wytches, Vol. 1

So I’m relatively new to the graphic novel world, probably over the last year or two, and I’ve found that I rather enjoy them. They’re a fun way to break up my larger novels and I admire the creativity that happens on the pages between the illustrator and the writer.

Of course I tend to be drawn towards graphic novels in the horror genre; the darker the story and images, the better.

Wytches, Volume 1

Publisher: Image Comics

Author: Scott Snyder

Illustrator: Jock

Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth

Letterer: Clem Robins

Edition: Paperback, 192 pages

Genre: Horror

Source: Purchased

Rating: 3/5

Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient…and hungry.


 

Image result for images from wytches vol 1 by scott snyder

Wytches starts off with a familiar trope: new family in-town, father is a writer and a recovering alcoholic, teenage daughter with a troubled past starting at a new school, moves into a house in the middle of the woods. The basis of your most typical horror story.

What I really enjoyed about this story is Scott Snyders vision and ideas about traditional witches. He creates these creatures that are terribly creepy and when you hear them in the woods, chhhit-chhhit-chhhit, you better turn and get your ass running.

Strange things start happening to the family as the Wytches come to claim their ‘pledge’. I did feel like a lot of the strange events that occurred, weren’t tied together very well and I didn’t completely love the characters; however I enjoyed it enough that I would love to see what happens in the next Volume.

My biggest ‘meh’ about the book was the artwork. I actually really loved the creepy artwork but hated the random splotches of colors all over it. I didn’t quite understand the purpose and what it was supposed to add to the experience of reading it. When it was just one image on a page it wasn’t as troublesome but when you had a lot happening all at once it became visually distracting and just terrible to look at.

Overall I gave it 3 stars because I did like the story, it just wasn’t quite what I hoped it would be.

Do you enjoy graphic novels? Mention some of your favorites in the comments below!

Happy reading!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday | Backlist TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

I am in a state of disbelief that it’s now November and we’re gearing up for holidays and year end. Does anyone else feel that way? Today I’m jumping on the Top Ten Tuesday train and today’s topic is “Backlist Books I Want to Read”.

I recently rearranged the bookshelf in my living room to only include the books I own that I have yet to read and let me just say, there are many. However, today I’m just going to include the top ten that I’d like to get to first!

John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)

 

John Dies at the End by David Wong I received this book for Christmas last year and guess what, I STILL have not read it!

I haven’t watched the movie either so I think I’d actually like to read this before the year is through and will add it to my December TBR.

Genre: Horror

 

 


The Girl in 6E (Deanna Madden, #1)

The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre which I’ve seen so much buzz about between Bookstagram, Goodreads and Booktube.

This apparently is considered an ‘erotic’ thriller so just a forewarning. The lead character is a woman who won’t leave her apartment for fear of giving into her desire to kill. She also works in the sex trade online via video cam…sexy.

Genre: Thriller

 


Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepard

I read the first book last year and enjoyed it so I bought the last two in the trilogy but just haven’t picked them up yet!

Genre: Young Adult

 

 

 


 
The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay. I went to an author event for this book when it first came out and even had Paul sign my copy!

For whatever reason I still haven’t gotten to this book so it’s time!

Genre: Horror

 

 

 

 


The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

The Wrath & The Down by Renee Ahdieh  

I actually only picked this up very recently at my library book sale but it sounds so good and the reviews on it are amazing. I like to switch up my reading from time to time and enjoy a good Fantasy novel.

Genre: Fantasy

 

 

 


The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang is another fantasy novel that I purchased when it first came out. At the time I was really in the mood to read a good fantasy novel, I was just coming off the high of re-reading the Kingkiller books by Patrick Rothfuss and wanted to keep it going.

For whatever reason I still didn’t pick it up after I ordered it so I definitely want to get to this one soon. Especially since book two is slated for spring of next year!

Genre: Fantasy

 

 


Pretty Girls

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter I picked up over the summer for four dollars. I love her books and this one of course got great reviews!

I want to read the Will Trent and Grant County books but have been working on her stand alone’s first.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

 

 

 


Heresy (Giordano Bruno, #1)

Heresy by S.J. Parris is book one of the Giordano Bruno series and is a Historical Thriller which I really love! This has been on my bookshelf for quite some time actually so I’m ready to dive into this series. My plan is to read the first five books in the beginning of the new year because book 6 comes out in May 2019!

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

 


The Fifth Petal

The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry is a perfectly witchy read that takes place in Salem, MA which I live not far from. I recently discovered that this is actually the third book in a trilogy (though not sure if she’ll add more) so naturally I need to read the first two books first.

Genre: Fiction

 

 

 


A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab which has quite the cult following! I’ve been eyeing the Villains trilogy but figured I should finish this one first!

Genre: Fantasy

 

 

 

 

So there you have it! My top ten books currently on my TBR Shelf at home. Any of these that you think I should read first? Have you read any of these?

Happy Reading!

Hangman by Daniel Cole

Hangman (Fawkes and Baxter #2) Published: July 24th, 2018

Publisher: Ecco

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 373

Genre: Mystery & Crime

Buy: Amazon 

Rating: 4/5

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

How do you catch a killer who’s already dead?

Eighteen months have passed, but the scars the Ragdoll murders left behind remain.

DCI Emily Baxter is summoned to a meeting with US Special Agents Elliot Curtis of the FBI and Damien Rouche of the CIA. There, she is presented with photographs of the latest copycat murder: a body contorted into a familiar pose, strung up impossibly on the other side of the world, the word BAIT carved deep into its chest.

As the media pressure intensifies, Baxter is ordered to assist with the investigation and attend the scene of another murder to discover the same word scrawled across the victim, carved across the corpse of the killer – PUPPET.

As the murders continue to grow in both spectacle and depravity on both sides of the Atlantic, the team helplessly play catch up. Their only hope: to work out who the ‘BAIT’ is intended for, how the ‘PUPPETS’ are chosen but, most importantly of all, who is holding the strings.


 

Note: So this has been sitting in my draft folder since I finished the book in September. Nice job Stephanie, nice job. 

Hangman by Daniel Cole is the follow-up to Ragdoll and takes place 18 months after the bizarre series of murders. I like to keep my reviews simple and without to many details as to avoid spoilers. However, to be safe, if you have not read the first book then skip ahead or better yet, just put off reading this review until you have.

This book takes place in London and New York as a pattern begins to emerge between gruesome murders happening in both cities.

Baxter is asked to travel to NYC to help the FBI and NYPD track down the person responsible for the murders which leave behind bodies scarred with the words “PUPPET” and “BAIT”. She is teamed up with Rouche and Curtis from the FBI and they struggle to work together as a team and to get any closer to answers. After a catastrophic failure to prevent an attack that makes the body count jump to a staggering amount, Baxter returns to London to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen there.

The pacing of this book was much slower than the first and gave off less ‘Seven’ vibes that I had loved so much, but I still enjoyed it. It’s another compelling read for those of us who enjoy things more twisted and don’t mind bodies piling up. I still don’t love Baxter but I really love her friendship with Edmunds! Edmunds is my favorite character and would love to see book three follow him as a lead detective, if he ever gets the balls to quit Fraud and return to homicide…he’s brilliant and fascinating.

Speaking of book three, I was quite pleased to find out that Daniel Cole is working on a third book! I’m really looking forward to see where Cole takes the characters next. Who brings back, who he doesn’t…I can’t wait!

Thank you again to Ecco books for sending me a copy of this book! I truly appreciate it and can’t wait to see what Cole delivers next.

Happy Reading!