(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) Sorrows Knot by Erin Bow

9879358

 

Pages: 357

Cover: ★★★★

Book:★★★★

Suggested Reading Level: Grades 6-10

Publishing Date: October 29th, 2013

My Review: 

This book is captivating, it really drew me in to what life must have been like when people still lived in tribes and depended upon superstition in their everyday life. It also broke my heart, as often happens when I fall in love with a character and they get taken out. The white hand is terrifying, and makes me wonder all over again about what goes on in different cultures around the world.

Definitely a book worth looking up!

 

 

 Description:

At the very edge of the world live the Shadowed People. And with them live the dead.

There, in the village of Westmost, Otter is born to power. She is the proud daughter of Willow, the greatest binder of the dead in generations. It will be Otter’s job someday to tie the knots of the ward, the only thing that keeps the living safe.

Kestrel is training to be a ranger, one of the brave women who venture into the forest to gather whatever the Shadowed People can’t live without and to fight off whatever dark threat might slip through the ward’s defenses.

And Cricket wants to be a storyteller — already he shows the knack, the ear — and already he knows dangerous secrets.
But something is very wrong at the edge of the world. Willow’s power seems to be turning inside out. The ward is in danger of falling. And lurking in the shadows, hungry, is a White Hand, the most dangerous of the dead, whose very touch means madness, and worse.

Suspenseful, eerie, and beautifully imagined.

About the Author:

Erin Bow

TEN THINGS ABOUT HER BY HER: (taken from her goodreads page)

1. I’m a physicist turned poet turned YA novelist.
2. I am world-famous in Canada, which is kind of like being world-famous in real life.
3. I wrote a book about Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy: THE SCORPION RULES, Simon & Schuster Fall 2015
4. I wrote a not-at-all-cute book with a talking cat in it: PLAIN KATE (called WOOD ANGEL in the UK), Scholastic Fall 2010
5. I wrote a book about cat’s cradles that can repel spirit zombies: SORROW’S KNOT, Scholastic Fall 2013
6. All these books will make you either cry on the bus or snort milk out your nose. I am dangerous to your dignity and should be stopped.
7. I think Hufflepuff is the best house, Xander was the best Scoobie, Five was the best Doctor, and Spock was the best everything.
8. I am married to another novelist, and we can actually pay our bills.
9. My daughters want to be scientists.
10. My bookshelves will always be full.

[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 Borrowed Souls

 

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Pages: 385

Publisher: Global Endeavor Publishing; 1 edition (December 31, 2015)

Cover: ★★½

Book: ★★★½

My Review:

Have you ever wondered what happens next? Are there angels singing in the background as you ascend into heaven or do you cease to exist? In this newest release by Paul Kohler you meet Jack Duffy. A man struggling to live his life in New York City with his wife. No friends and a terrible boss, combined by the discovery of his wife’s unfaithful behavior lead him to attempt suicide. While he is wavering between life and death, his grim reaper gives him a choice. Jack can either take his reapers’ soul as well as his job or jack can give up his own soul and end his life for good. I found it hard to get into this book at first, but was sucked into his world by the fourth chapter. I would recommend giving this book a try.

**I was provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes**

About the Author:

Paul B. Kohler

Paul began writing in 1998, shortly after the birth of his daughter. His first short story, Amy, was written in November of that year, but went unpublished until November of 2013. That was when Paul found the courage to publish.

Despite the 15 year lag, Paul has written many unpublished works throughout the years. Linear Shift, Part 1 (September/2013) was his first published story, and was the kick off to his four part serial novel.

Aside from his Linear Shift series, a number of Paul’s short stories have been included in anthologies. Amy, was included in “Something To Read On The Ride”. Lookout Mountain and Gold Rush were both included in “Something For The Journey”. His short story Alone has been submitted to another anthology, but has yet to be published.

When not writing, Paul is hard at work in the field of architecture. He has been in the field of design since 1992, and loves what he does. He lives with his wife and daughter in Littleton, Colorado, where he was born and raised.

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