Friday, October 30, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Quick Review-Benny & Shrimp

About the Book:
An international sensation, this addictively readable tale asks the question: Why is it so impossible to get a relationship between two middle-aged misfits to work? The answer lies in the story of Shrimp, a young widowed librarian with a sharp intellect and a home so tidy that her jam jars are in alphabetical order; Benny, a gentle, overworked milk farmer who fears becoming the village's Old Bachelor; and an unlikely love that should not be as complicated as it seems. Reminiscent of the works of Carol Shields, this quirky, humorous, beautifully told novel breathes new life into the age-old conundrum that is love.

About the Author:

KATARINA MAZETTI was nominated for the Prix Cevennes in France in 2007 and has worked as a journalist, teacher, and author of books for readers of all ages. For twenty years she lived on a small farm in northern Sweden, an experience that became the basis for Benny & Shrimp, her first adult novel, which was adapted into an award-winning film in Sweden (winning the Swedish equivalent of the Oscars).

My Review:

I thought it was a charming tale of two very lonely people going through difficult times in their lives. It's at its core a quirky love story. It was a quick read and an enjoyable one. I wasn't as taken with it as I had hoped to be. I gave the book a 3.5/5 rating. I felt that some parts of their relationship were too rushed and certain spots were not very believable. I can't get too descriptive because it would ruin the book, but I cannot understand "Shrimp" just being okay with what her co-worker did. I know I personally would freak out but then again this is fiction.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Review-Alice I Have Been


About the Book:

Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.


But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?

Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.

That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war.

For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey.

A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire.

About the Author:

Melanie Benjamin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. An avid reader all her life—as a child, she was the proud winner, several years running, of the summer reading program at her local library—she still firmly believes that a lifetime of reading is the best education a writer can have.

While attending the Indiana University—Purdue University at Indianapolis, Melanie performed in many community theater productions before meeting her husband, moving to the Chicago area and raising two sons. Writing was always beckoning, however, and soon she began writing for local magazines and newspapers before venturing into her first love, fiction.

By incorporating her passion for history and biography, she has found her niche writing historical fiction, concentrating on the "stories behind the stories." ALICE I HAVE BEEN is her first historical novel; she is currently at work on her second, also to be published by Delacorte Press.

She and her family still live in the Chicago area; when she's not writing, she's gardening, taking long walks, rooting for the Cubs—

And reading, of course.


My Review:

This book certainly caught my attention from the start. I have always wondered about the "back history" to famous stories. I remember reading about Alice and watching the cartoon based on the book. I thought it was a wonderful story, but always wondered if there was a real Alice somewhere.

I found it quite interesting to read about Alice Liddell and her life. I felt the blending of fiction and reality were blurred so well. I had never known that Lewis Carroll's (or Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) life was so controversial. I definitely recommend this book to any fan of Alice!

I gave this book a 4.5/5 stars because it was interesting and thought-provoking but there were a few laggy bits. It doesn't over emphasizes or tries to cast any shadows over Carroll's relationships with young girls. It just simply is what it is, and that is a great novel!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

End of Event Meme




1. Which hour was most daunting for you? My son (who is five) was with me the whole time so there were little moments each other that diverted my attention away from reading. I think this was a plus as it kept me from burning out faster.


2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I loved reading Alice I Have Been, but I'm not sure how high the interest is for it. Just a plain awesome character study.


3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope, I'm definitely in for next year though! Will definitely have Mr. Trent go to grandpa's for the weekend! LOL

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The event was very well organized. I loved checking in every hour to see more support! Twitter was very helpful too! I just wished I had one of those fancy phones that have internet!

5. How many books did you read? 5 books total

6. What were the names of the books you read? Alice I Have Been-345 (but I started in the middle for the event) Benny and Shrimp-209, Sex, Drugss & Gefilte Fish-248, Marked-306, and Too Many Visitor for One Little House-40 pages. I read the last one to my son, since it's a children's book.

7. Which book did you enjoy most? Alice I Have Been

8. Which did you enjoy least? I was underwhelmed by Benny and Shrimp. It was cute but I had heard so much about it.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I wasn't a Cheerleader but they did make me smile and kept my energy from draining a lot sooner! I was impressed at how many people showed up to cheer me on! Thanks you guys!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? VERY much already in for next year! I'll probably try for the WHOLE 24 hours next year!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

It Was Fun!!!


Progress Report: Page Total So Far-1031 / 4 Full Sized Books-1 Kid's Book

7:00am-8:00am-1st Hour-43 pages read-Alice-No Snacks
8-9am-2nd hour-70 pages read-Alice-No snacks
9-10am-3rd hour-89 pages read-Finished Alice-No Snacks
10-11-4th hour-Started Marked-71 pages read-Snacks-Baked Lays and a Vault Soda
11-12-5th hour-26 pages read (slow hour)-Marked-Carrot Sticks w/Ranch Dip-Vault Soda and Water
12-1pm-6th Hour-Marked-No Snacks-90 pages read
1pm-2pm-7th Hour-Marked-64 pages read-Lunch-Chicken Noodle Soup and a Vault Soda, shared some gummy worms with my son
2pm-3pm-8th Hour-Finished Marked-55 pages read-No Snacks, Started reading Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish
3pm-4pm-9th Hour-Finished Sex, Drugs-248 pages read (OMG this book is funny!) Snacks-olives and tea/ Also Tossed in a Kid's Book (Read it with my son) Too Many Visitors fr One Little House-40 pages
4pm-5pm-10th Hour-Snacks-Banana/Took a Break from Reading. Played outside with Kiddo.
5pm-6pm-11th Hour-Benny and Shrimp-No Snacks-66 pages read
6pm-7pm-12th Hour-Benny and Shrimp-Dinner-Fish sticks with Kiddo-12 pages read
7pm-8pm-13th Hour-Benny and Shrimp Finished-131 pages Read-No Snacks
8pm-9pm-14th Hour-Reading Betrayed-Husband came home with Pizza-18 pages (by now my energy levels were down)
9pm-10pm-15th hour-Betrayed-No Snacks-Trying to stay awake-8pages/Called it a night.

Not bad for a noob I think! I had so much fun! Thanks for all the people that visited my blog to cheer me on! You guys were great! I can't wait for the next one!

Update-Read-A-Thon

Just a quick update on my progress now. I've finished Alice and moved on to Marked by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast.

Alice I Have Been was excellent! I gave it a 4.5/5 for having a few, very short, slow moments. I'll write a longer more in-depth review soon!

My stats so far are:

202 pages read
1 book finished
no snacks yet! LOL

Let the Games..Erm Reading Begin!!!


And here we go peoples! I'm starting off the day finishing up Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. I've had my breakfast (sausage biscuits and oj) and have my coffee pot filled to the brim with the nectar of the Gods! I'm rip roaring to go!

30 Minutes To go!!

Read-a-Thon and all its fun starts in like 30 minutes!

I think that the countdown clock is wrong so Psssshwah! I tried! Can you tell I'm super excited now? I'm drinking my coffee and getting all my internets out so I don't get tempted. Was going to watch an episode of Merlin but woke up later than I expected so I will have to wait on that! (Love that show!)

Good luck everyone!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Read-A-Thon Update: Pre-Event














Okay peoples I'm sooo very ready for this thing to start! I have warned my husband that the house is going to be a wreck for like a day and he'll probably have to cook for himself! I went shopping for snacks and drinks so I don't have to get up!

I'll have to add Alice (see what I'm reading now) to the list, because I haven't been able to finish it yet. Not that it isn't good I just have been randomly busy. So getting ready to count down.


Countdown!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Just a Little Something Fun

I've never been a big gambler but I do love to have some fun occasionally. I stumbled across Casino Advisor in a search for online casinos. They have plenty of casino games and its a fully online casino! How sweet is that?

I loved the style and for a beginner in the world of gambling
it's a win-win situation (see what I did there?)! The website is easy to navagate and understand. Even for a noob like me :) You should check it out if you are looking for some fun!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Guess What I'm going to do?!

Yup, I signed up for my first ever Read-a-Thon!! So this Saturday I'll read my little heart out and post updates! I'll get up bright and early and set up my coffee machine and my snacks and get started! Woot woot! This will be fun and challenging! :)

Okay after going through my TBR pile I've settled on these books to pick out of! I probably won't get all of them done but here they are:
  1. Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish
  2. Defenders of the Scroll
  3. Benny and Shrimp
  4. My Father's Dream Wasn't My Own
  5. Confections of a Closet Master Baker
  6. Rumer and Qix
  7. Too Many Visitors for One Little House (most definitely gonna read this one it's short!)
  8. Medina Hill
  9. Marked and Betrayed
  10. Strange Angels
I may tweak the list a bit more but for now that will do! :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blog Tour-Hot and Bothered

Hot and Irresistible
Kensington Brava
Available November 2009

In a city of history, mystery, and more than a few ghosts, four best friends who have never fit in anywhere except with each other are about to get close—and closer still—to four sexy bachelors with alluring secrets of their own…

SOUTHERN COMFORT, SAVANNAH STYLE...
Bebe Fitzpatrick knows how to take care of herself until she stumbles into the arms of a damn sexy Yankee who’s gunning for Savannah’s favorite shady entrepreneur...

Detective Donovan McCabe is as popular as General Grant.What he needs is a better game plan.What he gets is a southern wildcat who makes his toes curl...


About the Author:

Dianne's love for the romance genre began when her daughter tossed her a dog eared, clinch cover Harlequin. She said it was "great," then confessed it had been passed around the eighth grade class as a "supplement" to their sex ed class. Some supplement! But Dianne was instantly hooked on Harlequins, and it wasn't long before she started writing stories of her own.. She lives with her husband and four kids in Milford, Ohio and write humorous, sexy stories set in small-town USA because there's nothing more fun than falling in love.


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Read an Excerpt!!

“Don’t you dare go feeling sorry for me because, Donovan McCabe, I sure as hell don’t need a pity party and now you want to tell me what you’re doing on my front stoop?”
Her gaze met his and she braced herself for the Oh, you poor thing look but instead Donovan bent his head and kissed her. She started to protest but her lips were busy and suddenly her tongue was too and then her arms got into the act and then her insides melted into goo which had acid beat all to hell and back. This was all wrong on every level except one...Donovan McCabe felt so darn good when she was feeling crappy as hell.

How many times had Dara struck and no one had been there? But here and now on this beautiful spring morning, there was Donovan McCabe. She breathed, a sense of peace she’d never known before in her whole life filling her up like a glass long empty. She leaned into him and took one more kiss, just a little with a tiny nibble of his bottom lip to chase away the lingering chill of Dara, then Bebe stepped back. Every cell in her body...except the two rational cells still functioning in her brain... insisted she was the most stupid woman on planet earth for not staying locked in his arms.

“What was that all about?” The question was as much for her as him because she didn’t know what to think about the effect he had on her.

“You look like a woman who needed a hug and the kiss part just snuck in.” His voice was steady but there was unsure spark in his eyes that said he didn’t just go around kissing every woman who may have the need. But she didn’t need him to be nice and she wished like hell he hadn’t seen Dara. It was Bebe’s private life, the part she kept tucked away as best she could even from Brie, Priss and Charlotte. A crappy childhood did not transfer into a crappy life. “Are you playing me, McCabe? Softening me up so I’ll help you nail Cleveland? Well, I won’t and I can handle Dara.”

“How about I look the other way and you just shoot her.”

Bebe broke into a laugh and today she didn’t think she’d be laughing about anything. “I’ll lend you my gun,” he continued, looking perfectly serious. “Or at least blast the bitch verbally. I’ve seen you in action, you’re a hellcat when riled. Why not now?”

If he hadn’t offered his gun she would have told Donovan to butt out but he did offer and he’d kissed her when she needed it and she wasn’t in the habit of needing much. A new meaning of good cop, bad cop. “A conditioned response from when I was a kid. Dara’s favorite game was to threaten to leave me in the marsh if I didn’t do what she said. Scared the hell out of me and you never did say way you’re here.” Why the hell was she telling McCabe all this? Fallout from a dynamite kiss.

“When my mother tells me to stand up straight and get a haircut I still do it.” A gentle smile that comes from thinking of good stuff softened his face. “Except my mom’s nothing like yours, though I do remember threats of military school.” He leaned against the side of the apartment looking as if the place belonged to him. He was that kind of guy, one who fit in anywhere, probably even military school. Bebe felt as if she fit in nowhere and she’d lived in Savannah all her life. He said, “I’m here because I didn’t want to air our problems in front of the whole station. We need to talk about how we’re going to handle Ray Cleveland.”

This was better. Arguing over work was a piece of cake, reminiscing about a screwed up childhood was a piece of shit. “I said I’m not helping you with Cleveland, McCabe and I haven’t changed my mind so there’s no need for kisses that curl my toes.” Well damn. She was on a roll till the toes part. When Donovan was around she had to learn to think before she opened her big mouth...which could lead to more kissing and then tongues. What in the almighty hell was she going to do with Donovan McCabe!


My (short but sweet) Review:

I started reading this book and couldn't stop! I really am not that big of a romance fan but this one was pretty darn hot! I loved the Southern flavor! (I'm a Southern gal myself) I loved the characters and was pretty much wrapped up in the story from the get-go. I've never read any of Castell's books before but I may just grab a copy of her others!

***thank you to Dorothy Thompson from Pump up Your Book Promotion for providing me a review copy!****



Monday, October 19, 2009

What are you reading?



Well again I seem to have hit a slump so this week I'm playing catch up! (sorta) Gonna read a few "spooky" books to get me in the mood for Halloween!

Up Next-
Dracula-The Undead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt

Predatoress-by Emma Gabor

There are a few others that I'd like to read but I won't get ahead of myself.

What are you reading this week?

Blog Tour-The Broken Teaglass

About the Book: (taken from The Broken Teaglass)
The dusty files of a venerable book publisher . . . A hidden cache of coded clues . . . A story written by a phantom author . . . An unsolved murder in a gritty urban park—all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault’s magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and the stories we choose to define us.

In the maze of cubicles at Samuelson Company, editors toil away in silence, studying the English language, poring over new expressions and newly coined words—all in preparation for the next, new edition of the Samuelson Dictionary. Among them is editorial assistant Billy Webb, just out of college, struggling to stay awake and appear competent. But there are a few distractions. His intriguing coworker, Mona Minot, may or may not be flirting with him. And he’s starting to sense something suspicious going on beneath this company’s academic facade.

Mona has just made a startling discovery in the office files: a trove of puzzling quotations, all taken from the same book, “The Broken Teaglass.” Billy and Mona soon learn that no such book exists. And the quotations from it are far too long, twisting and bizarre for any dictionary. They read like a confessional, coyly hinting at a hidden identity, a secret liaison, a crime. As Billy and Mona ransack the office files, a chilling story begins to emerge: a story about a lonely young woman, a long-unsolved mystery, a moment of shattering violence. And as they piece together its fragments, the puzzle begins to take on bigger personal meaning for both of them, compelling them to redefine their notions of themselves and each other.


About the Author:



Emily Arsenault has worked as a lexicographer, an English teacher, a children’s librarian, and a Peace Corps volunteer. She wrote The Broken Teaglass to pass the long, quiet evenings in her mud brick house while living in rural South Africa. She now lives in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, with her husband. You can visit Emily Arsenault’s website at http://emilyarsenault.com/.

My Review:

I really wasn't sure what I was going to find inside this book. The concept is intriguing in a unique kind of way. I mean how could a book about dictionaries be interesting? The story is described as a mystery. A mystery told through definitions, or at least the citations that the lexicographers write their definitions on and file them away. It's a puzzle...with a murder..maybe. It starts off as kind of a joke, at least to Billy but turns into a murder mystery that spans decades!

This book was a BIG surprise. You totally get sucked into this mystery right alongside Billy and Mona. Mona and Billy are well written characters. I would have liked to know more about Mona's background but, I like how she is slightly mysterious so I'm not complaining too much. You start to try to piece together the clues and you basically wanna gobble this book up in one sitting, just to find out what happens at the end! This was a total "carry around" book. I read it every chance I could!

I loved how the pieces of the puzzle came together at the end! It was so refreshing to have a mystery novel I could sink my teeth into. The ending was close to perfection (not going to spoil it) there was one little thing I would change but I cannot explain as it would definitely be spoilery. When you read it (because you NEED to!!) you'll understand.

***Thank you to Cheryl at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for providing me with a review copy***



Monday, October 12, 2009

Blog Tour-The Sari Shop Widow

Book Description:

Pungent curry, sweet fried onions, incense, colorful beads, and lush fabrics – THE SARI SHOP WIDOW is a novel set on the streets of Edison, New Jersey’s Little India, where a young businesswoman rediscovers the magic of love and family.

When Anjali Kapadia’s posh sari boutique in New Jersey is on the verge of financial ruin, her wealthy uncle from India comes to her rescue.

But the wily, dictatorial uncle arrives with some unpleasant surprises—a young Indo-British partner named Rishi Shah for one — and a startling secret that disturbs Anjali.

Falling in love with the mysterious Shah only adds to Anjali’s burgeoning list of complications. Torn between her loyalty to her family and her business on the one hand and her growing attraction for a man who could never fit into her life on the other, Anjali turns to her family and cultural roots to make a life-altering decision.


About the Author:

Shobhan Bantwal calls her writing “Bollywood in a Book,” romantic, colorful, action-packed tales, rich with elements of her own Indian culture — stories that entertain and educate. She is an award-winning women’s fiction author of three published novels and contributed to an anthology of short stories.

Shobhan writes for a variety of publications including The Writer magazine, India Abroad, Little India, U.S. 1, Desi Journal, India Currents, Overseas Indian, and New Woman India. Her short stories have won honors/awards in contests sponsored by Writer’s Digest, New York Stories and New Woman magazines.


My Review:

Anjali is a very loveable character and very well written. She is someone torn between wanting to please her family and live her own life. She is intelligent and beautiful and sure of herself, except when it comes to her family. Her family is all at once; sweet, loving, and sometimes painfully traditional.

I'm not familiar with Indian culture so this book was a very interesting introduction to the culture. One of the best things about this book is that it was so different, yet oddly familiar. It really shows (at least to me) that even though cultures are different the underlying themes generally are the same. The romance and tension, is delicious and exciting and kept me turning the pages. This is going to be a short review, but to the point. This book was a delightful romance that was beautifully written. I highly recommend it, if you are into romances with an ethnic flavor.

The Trailer:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Join My Crowd!

Okay so if you have been here to my blog before you know what I've been going through. I've recently lost my job and well lets just say that job hunting stinks! No one is biting now! Grrr! Well since I've been at home I've found a few tiny little "eggs" to put into my basket to help with the bills.

This one is awesome! Yes I'm about to drop my referral link but it's nothing like a scammy MLM or whatever they are called. You do work. You make money and the best bit is that you get paid daily! I HAVE been paid already! You won't get rich but you will have fun and you get some cash.

The company is called CloudCrowd and it is done through a Facebook app. All you need is a Facebook account (you can make one or use your personal one) and some spare time. You will either grade and review Foreign Based websites for their grammar, english skills, and overall ease of use. For now there are four different tasks but the guys behind the scenes are working on adding more tasks.

If you have any questions just send me a shout at must.read.faster(at)gmailDOTcom and I'll answer them if I can.

Here is my link so if you would sign up under me that would be great. I hope to see ya there!

http://apps.facebook.com/cloudcrowd/invite/84688e

Friday, October 9, 2009

Blog Tour-Day By Day Armageddon


Okay, as previously stated in my last post, I am a HUGE horror freak! I LOVE a good scary story, but what I failed to mention was that I love love love Zombies! So needless to say I was a giddy little girl when I heard about this one! J.L. Bourne is seriously gonna give George A. Romero a run for his money! As I read this one I had several "wow this should be a movie" instances. Really if they don't make this one into a flick I will be shocked beyond belief! They wouldn't even really have to tweak it much because Bourne has really set it up very well. The plot goes very quickly and the action is intense!

The book reads like a journal with each page dated and sometimes illustrated with pictures, either hand drawn by the main character or photos. There are smudges on the pages that make give it the "feel" of a real journal. (I thought that was a terrific touch!" The only problem I had was that in keeping with the "real journal" feel, they left in a lot of typos and occasionally a missing word. I know what they were trying to do in leaving them but it was really distracting. I'm not sure if anyone else feels the same way but that was definitely a minus point for the book. (Kinda the only gripe I had actually)

The ending, which is awesome, sets us up for a sequel. (yay!) I am seriously excited to hear that as I really enjoyed this book! I had contemplated setting up a giveaway for my copy but I don't really want to let go of this book! This is going on my shelf!

To read more about this book and the author check out THIS WEBSITE which includes updates about the sequel set to release in February!!!


Other Blog Stops:

All About {n}: http://www.bookwormygirl.blogspot.com/
Fantasy Freak: http://fantastyfreak.blogspot.com/
Patricia’s Vampire Notes: http://patricias-vampire-notes.blogspot.com/
Libby’s Library News: http://www.libslibrary.blogspot.com/
Readaholic: http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/
A Journey of Books: http://ajourneyofbooks.blogspot.com/
Jeanne’s Ramblings: http://jeannesgifts.blogspot.com/
Cheryl’s Book Nook: http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/
Found Not Lost: http://jmomfinds.amoores.com/
My Life In Not So Many Words: http://www.ziarias.blogspot.com/
Falling Off the Shelf: http://fallingofftheshelf.blogspot.com/
Frugal Plus: http://frugalplus.com/
Revenge of the Book Nerds: http://booknerdextraordinaire.blogspot.com/
Debbie’s World of Books: http://debbiesworldofbooks.com/
Pick of the Literate: http://bookrevues.blogspot.com/
Bookfoolery & Babble: http://bookfoolery.blogspot.com/
Bibliophiles R Us: http://nightdweller20.wordpress.com
Beth’s Book Review: http://bethsbookreviewblog.blogspot.com/
Wendy’s Minding Spot: http://mindingspot.blogspot.com/
Temple Library Reviews: http://templelibraryreviews.blogspot.com/
Dan's Journal: http://grumpydan.blogspot.com/

***Thank you to Sarah Reidy of Pocket Books for allowing me to review a copy of this book***

Monday, October 5, 2009

Blog Tour-Hellbound Hearts


In 1986 Clive Barker's The Hellbound Heart was published. That book was the inspiration of the Hellraiser movies. I LOVE the horror genre! The creepier the better if you ask me! This book, Hellbound Hearts is a collection of stories that take their inspiration from the novella. There are 21 bone chilling tales that are bound to keep every horror fan happy.

I was a giddy girl when I heard about this book! I love Clive Barker and this book was just awesome! Each story was tied in some way to the original book (which I highly recommend reading.) There are some amazing talents in this book! My favorite story was The Confessor's Tale by Sarah Pinborough and the creep-tastical Wordsworth by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. The latter is done in a grotesque style comic book that just sent shivers down my spine. I loved the artwork and the story was just ...*shudder* very good!

Call me nuts, but each October I find myself just wanting to hunker down with a good horror novel that has me chewing my nails! These twisted stories had me craving more and definitely got me in the mood for more horror!

So if you like horror novels and love getting creeped out then grab this book and read it. I'd recommend reading it at night when you are alone..just to set the right atmosphere! Enjoy!




Blog Tour Participants:

All About {n}: http://www.bookwormygirl.blogspot.com/
Fantasy Freak: http://fantastyfreak.blogspot.com/
Libby’s Library News: http://www.libslibrary.blogspot.com/
Readaholic: http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/
Patricia’s Vampire Notes: http://patricias-vampire-notes.blogspot.com/
Must Read Faster: http://mustreadfaster.blogspot.com/
The Symposium: http://review.nanashi-inc.net/
Booksie’s Blog: http://booksiesblog.blogspot.com/
A Journey of Books: http://ajourneyofbooks.blogspot.com/
Jeanne’s Ramblings: http://jeannesgifts.blogspot.com/
Cheryl’s Book Nook: http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/
Found Not Lost: http://jmomfinds.amoores.com/
My Life In Not So Many Words: http://www.ziarias.blogspot.com/
Temple Library Reviews: http://templelibraryreviews.blogspot.com/
Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!: http://writesthoughts.blogspot.com/