Spill Zone- Scott Westerfeld

I have never read a graphic novel. For some reason I just didn’t get the appeal which is weird because I love Disney moves and animation so why wouldn’t I like stories with super sweet illustration? No idea, it didn’t make sense. But then I heard about Spill Zone on All The Books and it peaked my interest. Maybe I should give graphic novels a try.

Spill Zone takes place in upstate New York where an incident has ruined a small town. The town Addison is from is no longer inhabitable by humans. Now there are only unexplainable creatures and shadows of what were once people she knew. Addison would steer clear of her hometown but is dependent on the photos she takes to support her and her sister. Strapped only with her camera, sister’s doll for good luck and her dirt bike, she rides in the night and although she only brings those items, she ends up leaving the Spill Zone with something else.

Spill Zone is 212 pages long and took me two days to read. I did read it twice though because the artwork is awesome.

I really loved reading this graphic novel and give it at 4 out of 5! I realize I don’t have anything to compare this experience to but reading this story made me want to pick up more graphic novels and I think there is something special about that. I can’t wait to read part two!

Thank you so much to First Second for sending me a copy, I loved it so much!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

 

I’m Thinking Of Ending Things- Iain Reid

I hate being scared. When I’m scared I freak out and don’t want to be home by myself and when I hear noises outside I think someone is coming to kill me. Completely rational, I know. That being said, EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE I can tolerate it and actually like the adrenaline rush. This book certainly covered those bases.

The voice of our story is unnamed but she is traveling to meet her boyfriend Jake’s parents for the first time. Although she knows this is a big step in a relationship her heart is just not feeling the same way as Jake so she is feeling uneasy about this experience. We get a sense that the family dynamics within the home are unusual and are not ideal. I feel like this story is better left with as little information as possible given prior to reading. All I can say is HOLY CRAP, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a short 210 pages long and I read it in one sitting.

This novel is super imaginative and scared the beejesus out of me so I’m giving it a 3.5 out of 5. If you like being scared then pick this book up now!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel (even if it’s scary!)!

Lacey

Since We Fell- Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is the man. He’s written two of my favorite books, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island so least to say, when I received his new book “Since We Fell” in the mail I completely freaked out. I requested this book from Ecco without entirely knowing what it was about which I’ve been trying to do more often but OBVIOUSLY it’s a Dennis Lehane novel so I wasn’t too worried about not liking it.

Rachel Childs was once a reporter with her whole life ahead of her. She was an up and coming star at the t.v. station employing her who knew she could make it big. When she is assigned to cover a disaster in Haiti her entire world changes. She becomes obsessed with exposing the world she is surrounded by while she is there. This difficult subject matter pushes her to the point of a breakdown. After her public meltdown, she essentially becomes a hermit. When she runs into an old acquaintance, Brian, after her current husband divorces her, she falls for him fast. She ends up marrying Brian who helps her with her anxiety about the outside world. But when she catches Brian in a lie, her entire world comes crashing down. Does she even know this man that she’s in love with?

Since We Fell is 418 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 for keeping me guessing. It has a slow start and took me awhile to really get into it but once I did I was sold. Lehane’s writing has a quality that keeps you thinking about the book weeks after you’ve finished.

Thank you Harper Collins/Ecco for sending me this great addition to my Dennis Lehane collection!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Dry-Jane Harper

If I could write like this as my debut novel, I’d quit my day job.

The Dry takes place in Australia in a small town that is deep in drought. Federal Agent Aaron Falk is returning to his hometown for the first time in 20 years since he was chased out as a young man. What seems to be a clean cut case of murder-suicide committed by his former best friend, doesn’t sit right with Aaron. Luke and Aaron grew up with each other and were best friends for years. While they do have a shaky past due to the incident which caused Aaron to be chased out of town, he still doesn’t believe Luke could kill his wife and son. When Luke’s parents ask Aaron to dig into this case he is extremely hesitant as this is not his area of expertise but agrees because he feels he owes it to them. Not only will this case drag Aaron back into his hometown where he is not welcome, he will also have to dig into his own past to figure out if it is the cause of Luke’s death.

The Dry is 326 pages long and took me 4 days to read.

I give this novel at 3.5 out of 5 for a captivating story that genuinely keeps you questioning every character. This book is graphic and nature and may upset those with a weak constitution.

Thank you Flat Iron Books for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Dragon Teeth-Michael Crichton

For those of you that know me in real life you know that I love dinosaurs. I mean, I’m 28 and the t-shirt shown in this picture glows in the dark and my profile picture is of me reading Jurassic Park, that’s how much I love them.  So naturally, when I found out the deceased Michael Crichton (author of Jurassic Park and The Lost World) was having a recently found manuscript published, I harassed the publishers at Harper until they kindly sent me a copy. And let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed.

Dragon Teeth takes place in the late 1800s when the west was still wild. The story follows young William Johnson, a student at Yale, traveling to the west with a Yale paleontologist on a $1000 dare from his nemesis at school. The Yale paleontologist is named Othniel Marsh and is an extremely paranoid man who is convinced his own nemesis, Edward Cope, is following him west to steal his finds. When Marsh takes Johnson on the fossil expedition only to abandon him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Johnson is forced to find a way to stay out west for the summer or he will not only lose the $1000 bet, but also his pride. When he runs into Edward Cope, he makes the decision to travel with Cope’s group to hunt fossils in the dangerous outlaw and Indian covered land. Johnson hopes he can make it out of this trip unscathed but will he even make it out alive?

Dragon Teeth is 285 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I absolutely loved this book and am giving it a 4 out of 5. While it did take me longer to finish this book than I normally would, I just really didn’t want it to end! Crichton’s writing has a way about it that fully immerses you into the world he’s created. I will absolutely be reading this book again and highly recommend anyone who likes adventure, dinosaurs or just plain old great writing!

Thanks again to Harper for sending me a copy of this book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Book of Mirrors- E.O. Chirovici

I’ll make this quick, I’ve been on a book reading frenzy! Unfortunately, mostly just the reading part and not near enough of the reviewing. I promise I’ll catch you up to date with what I’m currently on but it’ll take a few posts.

The Book of Mirrors takes us into a maze of a story involving part of a novel being submitted to a publisher that stops short in a very interesting tale. When Peter receives the beginning of The Book of Mirrors he finds himself incredibly intrigued with the author’s (Richard Flynn) tale. Richard begins to tell the story of his first love twently plus years ago and their friendship with a man who ends up being murdered. Peter attempts to find Richard to read the rest of his story only to be told he had recently passed away. Peter beings to wonder what truly happened to Richard’s murdered friend and how he met his demise. So he hires John Keller to investigate what really happened and if Richard was the person to cause this horrible act.

The Book of Mirrors is 273 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 for its multiple character voices that bring so much depth to this quick novel. I really enjoyed reading this.

Thank you to Atria books for sending me this copy. I will absolutely be referring friends and family to read!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey 

The River at Night- Erica Ferencik

Aside from being in a hammock with a good book, on a river is my favorite place to be. When my fiance and I decided to get married in Glacier National Park in Montana, the first thing I wanted to make sure we do while we are there is go white water rafting. So since I’m wedding planning and thinking about our great big Montana adventure in September I finally picked up this book. Oh man. This book is nuts! Good thing it’s fiction or I’d reconsider going out into the wilderness!!!

Every year Wini and her three middle aged best friends Pia, Sandra and Rachel go on a girls trip to catch up and spend some quality time. Pia, the queen bee of their friend group, chooses to go on a white water rafting trip in Maine. The others are weary as they are not what you’d call outdoorsy but they follow along because they never miss their girls trip. Once they are on the river they find white water rafting may not only endanger their friendship but also their lives.

The River at Night is 292 pages long and took me three days to read.

I reallllllly enjoyed reading The River at Night. It was a fresh of breath air from my usual addiction to “missing girl” thrillers. I give this novel a 4 out of 5 for giving me some serious chills and making me reconsider my own wilderness adventures.

Thank you to Scout Press for sending me a copy of this great book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey