Dear Readers, October was an okay month for reading I went on vacation and started working more. I did not sent a goal this month but read 5 books. I broke my previous record for view counts in a month thank you followers. I read 1 horror, 1 mysteries and 1 new release thanks to netgalley. I Read 2 books from a book series with Goosebumps and The Sword of Truth Series. I read one 5 star books, one 4 star books, two 3 star books and one 2 star book.

Five Star Reviews:

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt is a fantastic debut novel of modern day fiction, that’s is really something special. The uniqueness of the story is we get the perspective of an octopus, Marcellus, that is one of the smartest characters and has a unique perspective on life behind it’s inch of glass it desperately wants to escape from. Parts of this book reminded me of Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White how Marcellus subtly nudges the humans to connect and appreciate life. Other parts reminded me of Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton where a head strong older woman help show a young man what family is all about. The Vibe for the story was A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. We get three character’s perspectives Tova, an older widow is grieving the loss of her young son 30 years before, gets a job cleaning the aquarium, Cameron is a man looking for his father and the replacement aquarium cleaner when Tova retires, and Marcellus the Pacific octopus that has been behind glass most of his life has found a way to escape his tank at night but really wants to escape before he dies. The pacing of this novel is pretty fast it slows down at the important parts and we get a bit of humor when Marcellus gives his thoughts on life and humans.

Four Star Reviews:

Keep It In The Family by John Marrs is a dark and deadly thriller. This book made me shake as with disgust as the reader enters the head of a child killer. There’s a lot of trigger warnings all involving children, they are, child endangerment, child torture, and child death. I have read 5 John Marrs books and this is by far the darkest it is closest to his book What Lies Between Us, and it reminded me of a couple of films Seven and Prisoners . This book is full of twists some that will make your head spin. I was able to figure out the big twist even though Marrs tries to throw a red herring in I did not bite. I still enjoyed this book even though I figured out the big twist, there was lots of little ones that added to the big one that I enjoyed and didn’t see coming. After reading 5 of his books I could be getting used to how John Marrs writes, so I don’t think everyone will be able to find out the big twist. We get five character perspectives four members of the family and one unknown perspective, which works really well and amps up the being watched by a killer factor. This book is paced really well and leaves some cliffhangers on the end of chapters that you have to read further.  I got this book sent to me from Amazon Publishing UK, Thomas & Mercer through Netgalley. I should state that I do work for Amazon and this had no baring on my review. Keep It In The Family by John Marrs is published on October 18 2022.

Three Star Reviews:

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is fresh new take from elements from The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells, and making the setting Latin America. The message of man shouldn’t play God is still the main message. In the Island of Dr. Moreau there was good and bad creature that were punished if they were human acting, this story most of the hybrid (animal and humans mixed are all good just misunderstood. Three characters from the The Island of Dr. Moreau that are in his book are: Dr. Moreau, Montgomery, and Moreau’s daughter Carlota who did not have a name in The Island of Dr. Moreau and was not his daughter. The big change in this one is how the hybrids are created inserting the mixures in the womb instead of like in the Island of Dr. Moreau where it takes humans and starts changing the genes. This book also adds the element of human rights and political uprising, which is the main point of focus in the new story. The characters of Montgomery and Carlota are really interesting and the two perspectives we follow in the story. The book is a good slow burn but the pace is too slow. The hybrids are talked about more than being seen which I felt was the biggest disappointment.

The Pillars of Creation by Terry Goodkind is an epic fantasy novel full of magic, war, and deadly creatures. The Pillars of Creation is book 7 in the Sword of Truth series. This book barely has any existing characters featured and relies heavily of introducing and focusing on two new characters. To put this book into percentages 92% is all about fresh new characters and 8 percent is focused on the old returning characters. This is very bold from Goodkind not that he hasn’t done it before but the main characters in the series were in at least 40% compared to 8%. The idea for this stories narrative is pretty smart it really shows off the two sides of war as the bad guy is the more sympathetic for a majority of the story, even though the reader knows the good guys from bad guys, an interesting argument is made for some of Richard Rahl’s decisions in war, can look borderline terroristic under the enemies view. The pace is a little slow and there is some repeating of scenes which really slows down the book. The climax puts all the characters together and is pretty tense and fulfilling.

Two Star Review:

The Barking Ghost by R.L. Stine is Goosebumps 32 in the original series order. This book has a few jump scares and one really good one done by a prank. The ghost dogs are pretty scary. The cover is one of the best, and helps me picture just how scary the dogs are. I liked the description about it’s reared yellow fangs. The twist is kind of bonkers, and bonkers bad where there was no hint or lead up to it just crazy. The final twist is really bad and kind of ruined the this book, I could feel Stine just not know how to end this one and just put ideas in a hat. That final twist comes out of now where as well. The pacing for Goosebumps is usually pretty good but it took me a while to get into this one.

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