C.H.B. ARC Review: “The Rattled Bones” By S.M. Parker

C.H.B. ARC Review: “The Rattled Bones” By S.M. Parker

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Title: The Rattled Bones
Author: S.M. Parker
Release Date: August 22nd, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse


Available: Amazon/B&N/Goodreads

 

Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy courtesy of NetGalley and Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way.

 

Goodreads Description

“Unearthing years of buried secrets, Rilla Brae is haunted by ghostly visions tied to the tainted history of a mysterious island in this haunting novel from the author of The Girl Who Fell.

Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant.

Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl has appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about—if they know about it at all—due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there—an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the ghostly girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores.

As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow—until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past.”

My Review

This story is one filled with self-discovery, mystery, ghosts, and beautiful imagery. This is a for sure read to add to your October reads or even start reading it now. S.M. Parker has presented us with a tale unlike once you’d see under the YA Thriller category, but it makes it’s mark within your mind and in the genre.

Rilla Brae newly inherited her father’s lobster fishing business after his untimely death, and its seeking to discover what her purpose truly is in this life. Being raised on the sea, she was told never to trust it when it appears quiet. It proves true as she is led astray to the mysterious Malaga Island by an abandoned wooden boat and an eerie song floating across the sea to her. The Island is shrouded in the old tale where it’s inhabitants mysteriously disappeared. what happened to the inhabitants and why is Rilla drawn to it?

Highly recommend this read! Grab a blanket, cup of tea, and lock your doors – it’ll leave you with chills and grasping the pages for more.

 

Rating 10

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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C.B.H. ARC REVIEW: THE BREAKDOWN By B.A. Paris

C.B.H. ARC REVIEW: THE BREAKDOWN By B.A. Paris

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Available: Amazon/Goodreads/B&N
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: July 18, 2017

**Disclaimer: I received this courtesy of SheSpeaks and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.**

Why Didn’t You Stop?”

 

 

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I read B.A. Paris’ gripping thriller Behind Closed Doors (see review here) where a couple’s marriage isn’t always what it seems. Now, B.A. Paris comes back for round two where a woman finds out by not stopping to help someone in a broken-down car, can lead to dire consequences. But what will get to her first? A dark figure lurking in the darkness or her own guilt?

The book opens up to a dreary, rainy night. Cass Anderson decides to take a shortcut in order to get home quicker, despite her husband’s warning to take the regular route home. On her way, she notices a broken down car on the side of the road. She wrestles with whether she should make sure the person in the car is alright or stay on course.

Fast forward to the morning after, she learns the woman in the car was murdered and the woman just so happened to be an acquaintance of Cass’s. She begins to go into this downward spiral of guilt and paranoia. Guilt from the murder, but her paranoia stems from the fact she is beginning to loose her memory. Even the simplest things are beginning to fade away, but the memory of that night remains constant. But then the phone calls start…..and she begins to believe someone is watching her…..will she figure out who the killer is before it’s too late?

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This book has a large set of shoes to fill considering how good Behind Closed Doors was. Did it meet up to expectations? Yes and no. B.A. Paris is fantastic with her pacing and build up. Where it lacks is in lists of suspects and characters as well as the reveal at the end. I don’t want predictability attached to my mystery. I want to be surprised! Or at least allow the reveal not be from an obvious character right away.

Aside from those complaints, this book is very well-conceived and written. Will B.A. Paris come out with another novel next year is my question and will it exceed expectations? Or will her next novel make us wonder….

“If you can’t trust yourself…..who can you trust?”

 

Rating 7

 

Happy Reading,

 

~C.C.

Book Tag: New Years Resolution

Book Tag: New Years Resolution

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New Years Resolution Tag

 

I discovered this book tag from Bella @ Bella Blogs Because Books. Definitely check her out and her answers for this tag! Now onto my resolutions!

1. An Author I’d Like to Read (that I’ve Never Read Before)

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas, author of the Throne of Glass and A Court of Throne and Roses series. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this series. Yes, I want to read it but I have to clear my ARC shelf before I even think of touching the series. *Sighs* Soon, Throne of Glass, Soon.

2. A Book I’d Like to Read

Have you seen my “To Read” List on Goodreads? Here’s a picture:

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Scary part is, it keeps growing every day and I’m always looking for more books to add. But there is one recently released book I’d love to get my hands on and that would be Roseblood   by A.G. Howard. It’s a re-telling of the Phantom of the Opera and the cover of the book is absolutely breathtaking! If I had to narrow it down to one book right now, hands down, this would be it.

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3. A Classic I’d Like to Read

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This story has intrigued me since I witnessed Dorian Gray’s portrayal by both Ben Barnes and Reeve Carney. I consider it a cautionary tale for those who wish to stay young forever. Yes, there are other tales like this with Dracula and Frankenstein but Dorian is a whole other entity. The fact his soul is contained by a painting while his outer shell in the world reeks havoc proves how high a cost eternal youth can be regardless of being outwardly “young” but dying on the inside. I can’t wait to finally read the tale this year!

4. A Book I’d Like to Re-Read

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I actually want to re-read a series instead of a book. If you read one of the Chronicles of Narnia books, it is necessary you read the rest. I first read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe when I was in sixth grade and my teacher suggested I get a head start on it.

Due to the strict household I lived in, I would read it in secret until my father stumbled upon it in my backpack. Surprisingly instead of getting angry, he brought me his personal set of the series he had since he was a kid. After three months, I had read the whole series and fell in love with the mythological world of Narnia. Now twenty-three, there are days where I still miss it so why not re-read the series this year?

5. A Book I’ve Had for Ages and Want to Read

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I have had this book along with it’s sequel on my bookshelf for what it seems like forever. I’m always distracted with another book or series and have not had time to get back to it. One of my other goals is to finally read it from front to back and hopefully see the musical adaption as well.

6. A Big Book I’d Like to Read

 

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7. An Author I’ve Previously Read and Want to Read More Of

Stephen King

Stephen King.  The “King of Horror” so to speak, but he’s written Fantasy and Mystery pieces as well. I have read The Stand, The Shining, Carrie, The Dark Half, and Salem’s Lot. Each of his stories are witty, ingenious, and tap into the parts of our brain containing fears we didn’t even know existed. I have his books Christine and IT set aside to read this year to dive into when the time comes.

8. A Book I Got For Christmas and Would Like to Read

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My aunt gave this to me for Christmas and I have yet to read it. I’ve read all the hype but skipped the movie. I’ve slotted to read this in March and can’t wait to see what it brings!

9. A Series I Want to Read (Start to Finish)

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10. A Series I Want to Finish (That You’ve Already Started)

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11. Do I Set Reading Goals? If So, How Many Books Do I Want to Read in 2017?

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12. Any Other Reading Goals?

Aside from reading the books I mentioned and meeting my 77 book goal, I’d like to read more ARC’s and other Independent authors’ works. There are talented independent authors who deserve to have their books read by readers. They many not reach the bestseller list because they do not belong to a big publishing house, but their stories deserve to be read all the same.

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I tag all of you readers to do this tag! Don’t forget to tag me in your post so I can see your answers!

What did you think of my answers? What do you think of the books and authors I mentioned? Have you read any of these works?

Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

C.H.B. ARC Reviews: “At the Cemetery Gates, Year One” By John Brhel and J. Sullivan 

C.H.B. ARC Reviews: “At the Cemetery Gates, Year One” By John Brhel and J. Sullivan 

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**DISCLAIMER-I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review. This, however, does NOT AFFECT my views or rating of book.**

Available: Amazon; Goodreads

 

It may not be October anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a set of spooky stories to send shivers down your spine. I personally got lost in my own stack of books with this one in the midst of it all. I chose to read one short story each night before I went to sleep. Ok, ok, I may have sneaked in another one as well.

Each book has a good setting, middle, and twistful ending. Some of these stories included ghosts, others monsters hidden in the most unlikeliest of places, and stories leaving you wondering if there will be a part two to the story. There were a few you could tell came from urban legends with their own modern twist to them, but the terror remained in the tale all the same. They each are the perfect length to read if you’re reading on a trip and in need of a quick, creepy read before bed, for campfire tales, or even for your own personal enjoyment.

 

My Top Favorite 3 Short Stories

(With Ratings)

1. Pictures of a Perpetual Subject (9 out of 10 Book Charms)

This short story dealt with a young girl, bullied at school, who chose to do with a photography project featuring an overgrown field bordering the town cemetery. After gathering her pictures over the course of a period of time and placing them into a video, she notices a ghostly figure attempting to make it’s way toward her house. I personally loved this one due to the fact I thought she was going to get revenge on her classmates in some way by using this ghost. Only, the author clearly had other plans with this jaw-dropping explanation of the figure.

2. Delaying Decay (10 out of 10 Book Charms)

Twin boys, Sean and Zack Grady, are looking to discover the secrets hidden at the local mortuary. Of course, one antagonizes the other over witnessing the various dead bodies stored in the basement of the institution. They are in for a rude awakening when they are caught in a broom closet when the owner appears with a new, dead specimen. Or is the specimen truly dead? This one, above all, gave me the most chills. I need a follow-up to this one!

3. The Burial Vault (9 out of 10 Book Charms)

Holy crap! This one is a total mind warp! These high-school/college kids decide to throw a party at this sealed up crypt with a dark history. A tradition they always hold is for their leader, Tom, to tell ghost stories at the closing of the night. Turns out, this family crypt holds the body of only one family member. One to be rumored to be a possible monster who was sealed up by the locals to keep him from his murderous hunger. After the party, people end up missing….could this monster still be alive…after all this time?

 

My Rating (Per Story) 

A Dark and Desolate Recurrence 

9 out of 10 Book Charms

*

A Casket For My Mother

7 out of 10 Book Charms

*

Time’s Harbinger

10 out of 10 Book Charms

 *

A Tale of Palpable Violence

9 out of 10 Book Charms

*

Passion’s Paroxysm

9 out of 10 Book Charms

*

The Hermit of Russian Lake

9 out of 10 Book Charms

*

A Late Blight

9 out of 10 Book Charms

*

The Girl With The Crooked Tooth

7 out of 10 Book Charms

*

New Year’s Eve, What a Gas!

8 out of 10 Book Charms

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The Call Is Coming From Inside The House

10 out of 10 Book Charms

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An Epistle From The Dead

10 out of 10 Book Charms

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Like I said, each story is it’s own entity. Those three are my top favorites, but it you all get a chance to read it, what are your favorites out of this collection? Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below!

 

Happy Reading,

~C.C.

 

 

C.H.B. Reviews: Sweet Evil; Sweet Peril (The Sweet Series #1 and #2) By Wendy Higgins

C.H.B. Reviews: Sweet Evil; Sweet Peril (The Sweet Series #1 and #2) By Wendy Higgins

October 24th

Angels and Demons

Moving, is a pain, especially when it consumes you, especially cutting into your reading time. Extra time is currently a luxury but somehow there have been books sneaking their way into my ears through the airwaves. I miss having an actual book in my hands right now but it’ll have to do. Today’s “spooky”-ish theme surrounds the mysteries between angels and demons.

I finished this book earlier last week and it’s sequel a few days later and now I’m on the third book. The narrator in the audio book series is kind of boring and can get annoying at times, but the story itself balances it out nicely.

Available: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads

Goodreads Description

“What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.


Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?”

As the daughter of an angel and demon, she struggles between both of her nature. Only, you see her lean towards the angel side more than the demon side. Very rarely do you see her slip up in her nature. Although when she does, it’s either to save someone’s feelings or someone forced her into the compromising situation.

She wonders around the beginning of the novel, knowing she’s different from being able to see people’s auras (strangely just like Alyssa Noel’s character Ever from Evermore) and her memory stretches all the way back to in vitro. She remembers her father, a demon “Duke of Addiction”, who is in prison on drug charges, while her former guardian angel mother passed away after Anna’s birth. Despite the weird circumstances, she does not discover her true heritage until she meets the UBER hot Kaidan Rowe at one of his concerts.

Kaidan, oh Kaidan, how I wish he were real. And the accent? I was absolutely, positively done for! He’s perfect and despite being the son of the Duke of Lust, he tries to be a gentleman toward Anna. Even I wanted to push her over to try to talk to him! He’s too perfect for words.

I have a love-hate relationship with Anna. There are moments where she’ll act like a teenager her age then around her adoptive mother, Patty, it’s like she transforms into this child. And after she meets Kaidan, she all of a sudden learns her origins and she’s a nephilim. Oh and Patty has known about Anna’s powers and helped her cope with them and STILL did not tell her about her parents till Anna met Kaidan. She keeps Anna sheltered in this little box in order to “protect” her but it seems like it’s done more harm than good.

Anna is now thrown into this world of demons, Demon Dukes, and learns that they have to “work” in order to sooth the hunger of these freaky demon ghost phantoms or else she is put to death. Yeah, dead. How do they work? By making people sin, of course. Depending on who the nephilum’s father is, that is how they need to make people sin. But we don’t see Anna forced to work till close to the end of the novel. As soon as you think the novel is really getting good, it’s over.

After the first two books, they seemed like they should both be mashed into one book. In the first book, we only hear about her getting a hilt of a sword from a nun who knew her mother and witnessed her birth. The second book, we discover Anna is the “chosen one” for an ancient prophecy which deals with ridding the demons off of Earth forever.

It’s a good series to try out and I’ll keep you updated on books #3 and #4!

 

My Rating:

Book #1: 6 out of 10 Book Charms

Book #2: 7 out of 10 Book Charms

Happy Reading!

~C.C.