Posts Categorized: Bry’s Reviews

[ARC Review] The Deep by Nick Cutter

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16 January
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I had extremely high expectations for The Deep. I had just finished reading The Troop before getting this ARC, and after how thrillingly and brilliantly disgusting that had been, I was very excited to see what Nick Cutter would do next. Unfortunately, I hadn’t considered that his next release could have been an immense flop. The premise sounded GREAT while I was in full virology/horror mode: a strange disease is causing people to literally forget everything from their memories to how to eat, and eventually how to breathe. In order to get to the bottom of this bizarre condition (The ‘Gets’) and the substance suspected of causing it… Read more »

[ARC Review] The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle

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09 January
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2014 ended with massive book ennui for me. With surgery, recovery, holidays and more, not only did I have little time for reading, I also have little incentive or desire to do so. This was only made worse with the fact that I just couldn’t find a book to spark my interest. So, when I finally hopped back on NetGalley, I noticed several titles close to archive, and this book was the nearest to archival, so it got picked up. I can say with certainty this book succeeded in breaking the book ennui, but it didn’t succeed with a whole… Read more »

[Review] Prince Lestat by Anne Rice

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19 December
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Before I review this book, here is my bias alert: Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles are pivotal to my literary experience. They were a huge part of my adolescence and remain some of my favourite books I have ever read. Her characters are special to me in that nostalgic way that you can never let go of. On top of that, I was apprehensive about reviewing this book because I am aware of Anne Rice’s habit of being a badly behaving author. I really hate that fact. And because her books have been huge in my life and I am such a fan… Read more »

[ARC Review] Brood by Chase Novak

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12 December
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Meh.  After this book, I have officially given up anything that promises creepy horror style children. They always seem like they have such great ideas and promise, and they never deliver. This is my third such disappointment this year, after The Uninvited which was horrendous, and The Three.  Brood is the story of Alice and Adam Twisden, whose wealthy parents had undergone fertility treatments that eventually turned them into feral cannibals. They, like all the other children who were the offspring of these types of fertility treatments, aren’t exactly normal children. When the offspring of these fertility treatments reach puberty, some of them grow… Read more »

[Collective Perspective] Symbiont by Mira Grant

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05 December
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  Welcome to COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVE A segment where at least two of our bloggers collaborate to share their thoughts in a joint review discussion.     Today, Bry and Fry discuss the latest segment of Mira Grant’s Parasitology series, Symbiont F: Going to have to tell you all now, this will not be a spoiler free review. Just stop reading if you don’t want to be spoiled, otherwise, continue on into the tapeworm madness. B: Symbiont has finally arrived, and while we anticipated the next (and thought to be the final) segment of Parasitology eagerly, we were saddened by the prospect that this series was supposed… Read more »

[Review] The Sign of the Weeping Virgin by Alana White

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21 November
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Sometimes, when you love a book, you just can’t get through it fast enough. You devour its entirety swiftly, and in the blink of an eye, it is complete. Other times when you love a book, you truly need to just savor it slowly, relishing the sensation as if to prolong the experience. The Sign of the Weeping Virgin was certainly in the latter category for me; I enjoyed every aspect of this book so much that I took a very long time to complete it. This book came into my hands when I was contacted by the author, Alana White, who after… Read more »

California by Edan Lepucki

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14 November
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Hated it. Oh god I hated this book. I feel as if I need to put a disclaimer on this expressing that I expected something entirely different from this book based on the description because that might help explain my hatred, but the reality is it was just that bad. Initially, I was sold on the premise of a post-apocalyptic dystopian setting, but in my experience, this sort of setting is usually inclusive of an explanation of how the world came to be in the mess it is in, and usually, that is a compelling story. California failed to deliver… Read more »

[ARC Review] Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

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07 November
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This is the third book in the His Fair Assassin series, following Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph. Click the links to read my reviews for them. FINALLY I got my hands on Mortal Heart! After not getting a response on my ARC request for this book for months, I was starting to feel bitter –not because they owe me books, but because I just wanted it so bad! It was as if my reading fate was in limbo, and I’m…impatient. So naturally, when months later I find that I have been approved, I had the most giddy squeal fest and devoured… Read more »

[Collective Perspective] How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea by Mira Grant

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29 October
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  Welcome to COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVE A segment where at least two of our bloggers collaborate to share their thoughts in a joint review discussion.     Today, Bry and Fry discuss another unique novella of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series, How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea F: Nooooooooooo, I’m out of Mira Grant until next month when she releases the next Parasitology book. B: Alas, me too! I’ve been having withdrawals since September. F: I was putting off reading this so I at least had something for when the Mira Grant, intelligently written, body horror itch needed to be scratched. But, it would be super weird… Read more »

[Collective Perspective] The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell by Mira Grant

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27 October
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Welcome to COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVE A segment where at least two of our bloggers collaborate to share their thoughts in a joint review discussion.     Today, Bry and Fry discuss the latest novella of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series, The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell F: I’m going to have to preface this with: I have two grade school children, a first grader and a third grader. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through this novella. It hit a bit too close to the feelsbox for me. B: You yelled “NOPE” at me so many times! As a childless reader, I… Read more »