(BookR) The Fireman

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(at the time of this post, it was only $2.99 for the kindle version or you can probably check it out at the library for free)

**I borrowed this book from my local library**

Pages: 771

Cover: ★★

Book: ★★★★

Publishing Date: May 16th 2016

Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (May 17, 2016)

My review:

What can I say about this book. There are almost no words to describe just how emotionally gripping reading this was for me. It is amazing and heartbreaking and makes you take a hard look at just how cruel and insensitive the human race can be.

The world is on fire. People are erupting into billowing flames as the result of an infection spread person to person. You are immediately introduced to Holly, a sweet woman, just trying to do her best and take care of people. Then she herself is infected, and has to abandon everything she has ever known and loved for the sake of the small child growing inside of her. I don’t want to say any more because I don’t want to ruin anything for you.

My favorite character is the fireman himself. He is quirky, loyal, and in my imagination looks a little like Adam Levine (only with a British accent, and lets be honest, who doesn’t love a good British accent?)

It will make you cry and laugh and despair and do little victory dances and hate. It is so good I can see myself re-reading it over and over, which anyone who does book reviews will tell you only happens once in a blue moon.

Description:

#1 New York Times Bestseller

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

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(BookR) Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau, Joe King

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**I was provided an advance readers copy for reviewing purposes**

Pages: 97

Cover: ★★★

Book: ★★★★

Publishing Date: December 15th 2015

My review:

In Faith and Moonlight you are introduced to Roan and Kay, two orphans whose orphanage has just burned down and left them without a place to stay. By chance or dumb luck they manage to rescue a man not long after who gives them the chance of a lifetime, the chance to go to school to become a Razor. Striking fast, with supernatural grace and power the razors are the most revered soldiers in the land, and Roan and Kay cannot wait. There’s a catch though, to become a Razor, you must pierce the veil… something that usually must be done by the age of 10…. and both Roan and Kay are 14. Oh, and because they are 14 the lady who runs the school has given them a limit….They have a month.

Resonating with the pain and fear of knowing you are not going to be good enough, balanced on the razor edge that the hope you will be presents Faith and Moonlight is a solid addition to the collection of stories Joe and Mark are creating and is definitely not to be missed.

Description:

Faith and Moonlight is the first novella of the YA fantasy series of the same name. It is the tale of two orphans who get the chance of a lifetime, told in a fast-paced, 90-minutes. Reviewers compare it to Harry Potter, Divergent, and Ender’s Game. It is recommended for readers who enjoy fantasy, young adult, school stories, magic, and coming of age tales.

Roan and Kay are orphans.

A fire destroys their old life, but they have one chance to enter the School of Faith.

They are given one month to pass the entry trials, but as Roan excels and Kay fails, their devotion to each other is put to the test.

They swore they would face everything together, but when the stakes are losing the life they’ve always dreamed of, what will they do to stay together?

What won’t they do?

 

[BookR]My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

 

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**I was provided an advance readers copy for reviewing purposes**

Pages: 336

Cover: ★★★

Book: ★★★★

My review:

Grady Hendrix really captured what high school feels like, 
creating a visceral connection with his main character Abby and her best friend Gretchen. 
I found my heart beating faster when they found themselves in tight situations.
Definitely caused feelings of frustrated, suspense and at times even disgust in all the right places.
 I could picture exactly what it must have been like for my mother to be in high school in the 80's.

Description

(BookR) The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

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Pages: 64

Cover: ★

Book: ★★

Publishing Date: 11/03/15

My Review:

I saw that this book was more novella style than an actual book, as it was originally published in another anthology, but I was still disappointed with how abruptly this novella ended. I am usually a fangirl whenever it comes to Gillian Flynn, I have read every novel that she has had published so far and love all of the different twists and turns they take. It felt like she had a deadline to meet so she just threw words onto the page. She was endlessly descriptive with the backstory of the main character (unnamed) and tells a story of how said main character tries to help a family deal with their haunted house. Then she reveals the plot twist and ends the story in what seems like the last two pages. If she was going to republish this as a standalone book, it is my opinion she should have rewritten it and expanded on the ending.

Description:

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

“The Grownup,” which originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world’s most original and skilled voices in fiction.

About the Author

Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri to two community-college professors—her mother taught reading; her father, film. Thus she spent an inordinate amount of her youth nosing through books and watching movies. She has happy memories of having A Wrinkle in Time pried from her hands at the dinner table, and also of seeing Alien, Psycho and Bonnie and Clyde at a questionable age (like, seven). It was a good childhood.

In high-school, she worked strange jobs that required her to do things like wrap and unwrap hams, or dress up as a giant yoghurt cone. A yoghurt cone who wore a tuxedo. Why the tuxedo? It was a question that would haunt her for years.

For college, she headed to the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks), where she received her undergraduate degrees in English and journalism.

After a two-year stint writing about human resources for a trade magazine in California, Flynn moved to Chicago. There she earned her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and discovered that she was way too wimpy to make it as a crime reporter.

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