Category: Review

Twisted by Hannah Jayne

Author: Hannah Jayne
Published: July 5, 2016
297 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

When her father is accused of being a serial killer, Bex becomes the ultimate bait in this game of cat and mouse

Bex is ready to start a new life in foster care. There, she won’t be known as a serial killer’s daughter. Though her father was never tried for the murders attributed to “The Wife Collector,” he disappeared after questioning. And Bex struggles with the guilt that she provided the circumstantial evidence that convicted him in the public’s perception—and drove him to abandon her.

But when a body turns up in her new hometown, all signs point to the Wife Collector. Bex’s old life isn’t ready to let her go. The police want to use Bex to lure in her father. But is she baiting a serial killer or endangering an innocent man?

Kim’s Review:

I hate to say it, but I was kinda disappointed by this book. I was intrigued by the cover and the synopsis, but it just didn’t deliver. Most of the book, it felt like nothing was happening. And then when something finally did happen, it was predictable. I will say that it was easy to read and there were portions that showed a glimmer of hope that maybe there would be a good twist . . . But then nothing continued to happen. And if I read one more book with an idiot teen who refuses to do the obviously smart thing, I’m gonna chuck the book across the room. Half the story would have been resolved if she had just been honest with the police and quit thinking about only herself.

I also didn’t like how Jayne seemed so down on Nag’s Head and the Outer Banks. I happen to love the Outer Banks and the idea that having companies and stores to accommodate tourists, the main source of income for the area, is somehow a detriment, shows such immaturity. I wish I could say better things, but I really can’t. And I can’t really recommend this to anybody. I’m glad I read it, but I don’t think I’ll be picking up anymore of Jayne’s books.

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Short Story Sunday: Killer Kitteh Khristmas

Killer Kitteh Khristmas
Author:  Sian B. Claven

Published: November 15, 2018
26 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: November 27, 2019
Jessica’s Rating:  5 stars

Short Story Description:

This is not a Christmas story.
This is not a cute story.
This story features demons, cats and some strange occurrences.

Prepare to take the same journey as Toni as she navigates her way around a new rescue cat and the problems arise when you don’t actually know where your pet comes from.

Jessica’s Review:

In some ways I read this short story at the wrong time, but I also read it at the right time: A stray kitten showed up at my husband’s job and he brought it home and now we have three cats!  We are going through an adjustment period now, and then I picked up this short story… It’s about Toni who brings home a rescue cat from the shelter she frequents….

This is not a Christmas story, though it does take place at the Christmas time of year.  Do not think this is a happy story as it isn’t.  It makes you think about your rescue animals and what they might have experienced and been through and that we will never know. 

And the rescue kitten from my husband’s job… She is Maine coon, like Snuggles in this short story…. I just hope my Shiva is not like Snuggles!

I plan to read more written by Sian B. Claven!  

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Krampus by Billy McLaughlin

Author: Billy McLaughlin
Published: December 15, 2017
52 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: November 29, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Short Story Description:

Krampus is a festive short that tells the story of two brothers, Kramp and Kris who have been placed on opposite sides of Christmas folklore. For one hundred years they’ve been separated. Now they must come together to save Christmas.

Jessica’s Review:

Today is Krampusnacht, also known as Krampus Night. According to folklore, on the evening of December 5th, Krampus tags along with St. Nicholas. He visits houses all night with his saintly pal. While St. Nick is on hand to put candy in the shoes of good kids and birch twigs in the shoes of the bad, Krampus’ particular specialty is punishing naughty children. Legend has it that throughout the Christmas season, misbehaved kids are beaten with birch branches or can disappear, stuffed into Krampus’ sack and hauled off to his lair to be tortured or eaten.

Billy McLaughlin’s take on Krampus is a bit different from the original folktale.  Instead of being evil, Kramp is innately good and comes to be with his brother Kris who has lost his faith in humanity. Kramp must show Kris that not all hope is lost with humanity in the form of a little boy and his Christmas wish. 

This is a pleasant little Christmas story that needs to be read by all! 

Read more about the actual Krampus folktale here.

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