Finally another easy one! Haha.
So, 2015 was a fantastic year for me to start discovering awesome authors. After all, this is the year I started reviewing independent authors! But, don’t get me wrong, not everyone on my list is an independent author. In fact, my number one…
I was browsing the local library, and I saw this really cool looking cover. Then, obviously, next question was “What in the world is a “Bird Box” and why can’t they open their eyes?” Well, I grabbed it, devoured it, and have been recommending it to pretty much everyone who likes horror at all. He’s sort of the…Anti-King when it comes to description, super long novels, etc. I love it! Bird Box is his debut work. I can’t wait to see more from him.
Sort of an amusing story about this (and not something I told the author), I’d been eyeballing this book, considering getting it, because it looked interesting as heck. But, I kept talking myself out of it, because I’d been getting a lot of indie author requests for review, and why spend money on a book when I’m getting books for free right now… Anyways, one day I open my email, see this author request, and note that he’s attached the book cover. Soon as I saw it was the same book I’d been eyeing, Mr. Stookey got a “Oh yes, please!” from me.
The book was as good as it looked like it would be, by the way.
I get asked to review a lot of fantasy, even though its down low on my list of things I’m willing to review. (Where’s the horror? The scifi? The thriller writers?!) I tend to pass on a majority of them, as I know Allie at Allie’s Opinions or Clayton from Page Turners, Inc would be better to review the work. However, occasionally I’ll get one that will make me sit up and go “Oooer, that looks interesting.” That’s precisely what happened with this book. Fantastic read. So glad I said yes!
Do I really need to go into any talk about this? Suffice to say, I’d heard this book was recommended by one of the few TV personalities I actually pay any attention to (Adam Savage), and figured I’d check it out. So, I did, and The Martian has cemented itself a place in my “best books ever” list.
This was another author I discovered via his request for a book review. The synopsis he sent me immediately hooked me, and I couldn’t wait to read it. Beneath Claire’s House is a ‘clean’ YA Horror novel that anyone 14+ could read. Creepy and wonderful.