Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

THE_DARK_HOUSE_CAROUSEL_TK_5Cover: I LOVE this cover. There is something that is so mysterious and creepy about it. There is something about abandon amusement parks that gives me the creeps. When I first saw this book I was on the other side of Barnes and Noble and I was like “OOOOO What is that book?” So I went over to admire the cover.

Synopsis: For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.

My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars

My Thoughts:  The first thing that I noticed about this book was the cover. I was on the other side of Barnes and Noble when I spotted it and had to go check it out. Initially, I read the synopsis and read the first 5 pages (which is something I normally do), then I put the book down and walked away. As I was wandering around the store looking around I could not stop thinking about this book. So, I went back over and picked it back up. Needless to say that I read 138 pages of the book in the store. Sadly, I could not purchase it that day. Then a few days later (still unable to purchase it) I went back to the store with my Nook and read for an hour at the store, which left me with 22 pages of the book to read. So I bought it for my nook. I still want to get a physical copy of the book, but for now the e-book is fine. It allowed me to finish it.

I loved that this book was told in multiple perspectives. Six to be exact. Usually I am a little leery of books told from multiple perspectives because sometimes things get lost in translation. Normally, I am OK with two and sometimes three perspectives, but six made me nervous. Stolarz pulled this off well! Every chapter was a different perspective and it was labeled clearly, so you knew whose view point you were reading. This book was an easy, fun, and creepy read that kept me hooked until the end. I had to know what was going to happen to each character. While I cared about all the characters in the book, there were a few that I cared more about than others. Some characters just fell flat for me like Garth Vader (Awesome name!) for instance. In the beginning of the book he was quite annoying and I could not get into his story line as much, but his nightmare in the book was the only thing that caught my attention in his story.

This book reads like a campy horror movie. Even though most of the time campy horror movies are more funny than scary, this book still left me creeped out. I could see scenes clearly in my head like I was there watching this book as a movie. I love it when a writer paints a picture so clearly, but still leaves you enough room to use your own imagination. This book was creative and different than any other horror book that I have read. Is it perfect? No, but it sure is a good book! So, if you love campy gory horror movies, or books about the darkest parts of nightmares please pick this book up. It is a fun and creepy ride that will keep you up all night. If any of you have read this book please let me know what you thought in the comments below.

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Wishlist Wednesday # 6

This week for my wishlist Wednesday I am going to do two book once again. However, these two books are apart of the same series.

Wishlist Wednesday hosted by Pen to Paper is a book blog hop in which you post about one book per week that has been on your wishlist for a while or  that was just recently added (entirely up to you) that you cannot wait to add to your shelves.

Wishlist # 1: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

the5thwaveSynopsis: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

This book has been on my wishlist for the better part of the year. I keep eyeing it at the store, but for some reason I have yet to buy it. Since the second book is coming out soon I better get to it.

 

Wishlist # 2 : The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Infinite seaSynopsis: How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

I am so intrigued by the idea of the first book that I need to get my hands on the second one.

As always I want to know which book or books made your wishlist, so let me know in the comments below. Also, if you have read either of these books let me know your thoughts.

Wishlist Wednesday # 5

Once again I forgot about posting last week, because I have been so busy with work. So this week I am going to post 2 books that are on my wishlist.

Wishlist Wednesday hosted by Pen to Paper is a book blog hop in which you post about one book per week that has been on your wishlist for a while or  that was just recently added (entirely up to you) that you cannot wait to add to your shelves.

Wishlist # 1: Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

THE_DARK_HOUSE_CAROUSEL_TK_5 SynopsisWhat’s your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run

Today I went to Barnes and Noble while my husband was at work and I saw this cover from across the store and I was like “OOOO What is this?” So, I went over picked it up read the synopsis and I was intrigued. Then I decided to read a couple of pages and  put it down. So, as I continued to look around the store I could not get this book out of my head. I went back over picked it back up and started reading. Needless to say, I read 138 pages of it at the store. Now I want the book oh so badly. I was not able to purchase it today, but it is now on my birthday list. What I love about this book, thus far, is it is different from any book I have read, but it is something that everyone is familiar with. This book is like a campy horror movie (which is something I love). I am thinking that I have Thursday off from work that I may go back to Barnes and Noble and read a little more. Also, I thought this book was a stand alone book, it’s not!!! In the summer of 2015 the sequel will be released.

Wishlist # 2: The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) By Gena Showalter

9780373211319_p0_v4_s600 Synopsis: (IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST OR THE SECOND BOOK DO NOT READ THE SYNOPSIS IT DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS). 

I have a plan.

We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

Alice ‘Ali’ Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers; until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters; and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing and turning Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima even sacrificing her own life for those she loves

I have only read the first one and I absolutely loved it! I own the second one and I need to own the third book when it is released on September 30, 2014 (Not to far away!!!). I did a review for  Alice in Zombieland earlier in my blog if you want to check it out. Be aware that it does contain a small amount of spoilers. Nothing major, but I know for some people it would spoil it for them. After I finish the book I am currently reading I am planing on reading the second book in the series so that I will be all caught up for the release of the third.

If anyone has read either of these books, please let me know what you thought in the comments below. Also, as always, I want to know what is on your wishlist! Leave me a comment letting me know!

Wishlist Wednesday # 4

Hey Guys! Sorry this is  coming to you so late in the night. I had to work all day today and then my husband and I went out to dinner on a mini-date. 

Wishlist Wednesday hosted by Pen to Paper is a book blog hop in which you post about one book per week that has been on your wishlist for a while or  that was just recently added (entirely up to you) that you cannot wait to add to your shelves.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Ruby RedSynopsis: Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history

This book has been on my wishlist for a little while now. It was not until a few months ago that I even knew that this book existed.I found out about these books through Book tube and I thank them for it.  I absolutely LOVE these covers (I hate the paper back covers, but the hardcover covers are AMAZING!). If anyone has read this book, please let me know what you thought in the comments below. Also, as always, I want to know what is on your wishlist! Leave me a comment letting me know! 

July Wrap-up & August TBR (Better late than never).

I had a dismal reading month in July. I don’t believe I completed any books in the month of July. I started reading City of Bones in June and I got about halfway through and put it down. Not that I don’t love this series (because I DO!) However, I just felt like it was dragging for me and I was not in the mood for it. So, I put that down and started reading Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong. I got about halfway through it and put that down as well. I think I was just having trouble deciding what I wanted to read. I was enjoying Sea of Shadows, but I just could not do it either. Then I started Lux: Beginnings. I finally finished the first book (Obsidian) and I loved it. I did start it in July, but I just finished it last night (8/10). I know that I am going to do a review for that series. Though I am not sure if I am going to do it book by book or if I am going to do it by bind-up by bind-up. Let me know, how you would like to see these reviews done. 

As for what I am going to read in August, I do have a little bit of a plan. I am hoping that I will be able to accomplish all of my goals for this month. I am planning to read the rest of the Lux series, as well as, the first book in the Sandman Slim series by Richard Keadry. At the end of September my husband and I are going to a book signing for Kim Harrison and Richard Keadry is going to be there and I have heard nothing but good things about the Sandman Slim series, so I am wanting to read at least the first book before we go. Other than those few books I have no concrete plans of what I am going to read. 

Let me know in the comments below what you are reading and what you are wanting to read. 

Wishlist Wednesday # 3

Hey guys! I forgot about doing wishlist Wednesday last week. So, this week I am going to post two books that are on my wishlist.

Wishlist Wednesday hosted by Pen to Paper is a book blog hop in which you post about one book per week that has been on your wishlist for a while or  that was just recently added (entirely up to you) that you cannot wait to add to your shelves.

Wishlist #1: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder3_1Synopsis: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Cinder has been on my wishlist for a while now. I do own a copy of this on my e-reader and still have not read it. I would love to own the hardcover physical copies of these books. I am in love with the covers of this series.

Wishlist # 2 Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor

daughterofsmokeandboneSynopsis: Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

This has been on my wishlist for a while now as well. It is the same thing. I own it on my e-reader and have yet to read it. I am in LOVE with these covers. Though I do like the U.K. covers. I would love to own physical hardcover copies of these books.

Overall, I have heard nothing but good things about both of these books (as well as the series as a whole) and I am so excited to read both. Since my birthday is right around the corner I am hoping that my husband and or my family will buy me both of these series in its entirety. We shall see. If any of you have read any of these books please let me know what you think. Also, let me know what is on your wishlists in the comments below.

Wishlist Wednesday # 2

Wishlist Wednesday hosted by Pen to Paper is a book blog hop in which you post about one book per week that has been on your wishlist for a while or  that was just recently added (entirely up to you) that you cannot wait to add to your shelves.

Night BrokenSynopsisAn unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy. Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

This week for my wishlist Wednesday is Night Broken (Mercy Thompson (Book 8) By Patricia Briggs. Next to Kim Harrison Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors. However, this book has been out for a while, but I am waiting for it to be released in paperback, because I own all of her books in paperback. The paperback will not be released until January 27,2015. So, I still have a while to wait.  If any of you have read this book let me know in the comments below. As well as, what is on your wishlist this Wednesday!