★★★★☆ Author: Shea ErnshawGenres: paranormal, romance, young adultPublisher: Simon PulsePublished: 3/6/2018Two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.Well this was a pleasant surprise. This book was recommended to me by my library, and was available to borrow, so I took it. I admit that part of the draw was the cover, and the second part being the how the premise was a hard-to-ignore Hocus Pocus catch. Three sisters, terrorizing a town. I had to know if it was a rip off of the beloved movie or not. It’s not. The three sister angle is about where it ends, after that it’s a story about a sea side town in Oregon suffering from a curse over the past two centuries for executing three sisters suspected of being witches. Though the curse angle in itself is not original, the paranormal and magical aspect of this felt new, it felt like a nicely woven history of a small town, with a fairly unique ‘ghost story’. I enjoyed it immensely and read it almost in one sitting. Why not 5 stars? It is a very slow start and has some pretty cookie-cutter ‘teens party and drink etc etc’ moments in it, and not until the very end did I care about our main character, Penny. Honestly, her voice is rather bland and uninteresting, a character that was built up to have potential that never quite connects with me. She reads as someone with a boring life and, therefore, is rather boring to listen to as my narrator. What saves her is the characters around her. Rose, Bo, Olivia, Gigi, even her mother are fascinating characters in their own right, and hold up Penny and save her. She gets better in the end though, when all the shit starts hitting the proverbial fan. The plot twists were mildly predictable and I had it called early on, but kudos to Ernshaw for throwing me enough curve balls to make me doubt myself, and for keeping it interesting enough that I didn’t care I had it mostly figured out. Thanks, library, for the suggestion! Purchase on: Amazon
★★★☆☆ Authors: Owen King, Stephen KingGenres: horror, thrillerPublisher: ScribnerPublished: 9/26/2017Page Count: 702In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is…I wanted to like this so much more. This book was actually the first in a long while that I had to put it down and come back to it. I think what was most frustrating for me in regards to Sleeping Beauties was the fact all the pieces were there, but they never fit for me. The story never felt like it flowed or came together in the way Stephen King can make it happen. I found it very easy to tell this was written by two different people, and as such, could tell when when things didn’t meet up or jive, and it was frustrating. The recipe was perfect. Women falling asleep mysteriously, violence and mayhem, debauchery, a mythical and omnipentent being full of mystery that you just want to peel apart. It was like the King’s put the ingredients on the table, dumped them all in the bowl, mixed, got me excited for the final product, and then left it there unfinished. Why 3 stars and not lower? Because despite there being too many characters, I loved most of them. The writing in itself wasn’t bad. It’s just good writing with good characters that never, for me, becomes cohesive. Not to mention personally, for me, the idea that women running the world would make it a utopia is ludicrous. Women are catty, bitchy, can backstab you and can be just as cruel and violent as a man. In my life the people I have had the most issues with have not been men, but with other women, and a world being surrounded by only them frightens me just as bad as the one with men in it. I appreciated the message being sent, but that also detracted overall for me. Too simple to say Men = war and anger an RAGE and women = the good. All in all, not a bad book, but not one I’d recommend and not one I’d be likely to pick back up, especially at the length it was. Could have shaved 200 pages off and likely been a better story.
So one of the main things I want to use this for his accountability with my health. My weight, and getting healthy, has been a life long struggle that is so close to the core of so many of my issues in my life. Low self-esteem has haunted me, nipping at my heels since forever, and though I have made good progress and I will take credit for it, I need to do more.
Happy New Years! I will be spending it indoors, away from this chill, appreciating a night off. Look forward to working on this site and towards my goals in 2018!
A place where I will talk about whatever suits my fancy… chances are it will be a lot about the books I am reading, and the adventures I plan to be taking! Mind the dust, this has been a long time coming.