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Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Imaginary Friend
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Published: October 1, 2019
705 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Imagine… Leaving your house in the middle of the night. Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she’s just as scared as you.

Imagine… Starting a new school, making friends. Seeing how happy it makes your mother. Hearing a voice, calling out to you.

Imagine... Following the signs, into the woods. Going missing for six days. Remembering nothing about what happened.

Imagine… Something that will change everything… And having to save everyone you love.

Kim’s Review:

Whoa. I really loved Perks of Being a Wallflower and I got so excited when I found out he was publishing another book, and a horror book at that! I was able to get a signed copy from Island Bookstore in Corolla, NC. Then I read it. Holy. Crap. For being such a large book, it went by very quickly. I was engrossed within the first chapter. Thankfully, I liked who I was supposed to like and hated those I was supposed to hate. Though the twist got me; I’ll admit that I didn’t see it coming. I should have. Once it twisted, I kicked myself for not having an inkling about it.

The reason I’m giving it 4 stars instead of 5 was because there were places that made me, as a Christian, a little uncomfortable. I can only assume that Chbosky is a catholic, because the catholic themes guiding the story are obvious. I can’t say too much about the story because I don’t want to give anything away. The synopsis is the perfect tantalization and I don’t think anymore should be learned before reading. It is definitely creepy, but I don’t think it was scary. Even those who don’t like horror will like this book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something to completely immerse themselves in.

Purchase Links:
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Blog Tour: Unborn by Rachel McLean

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog tour for Unborn by Rachel McLean.  This is a dystopian novel with a bit of a legal thriller that shows one direction that our society could be heading.

Book Description:

She killed her unborn child. The punishment will fit the crime.

America, 2026.
Feminism has been defeated.
Equality is a memory.
And abortion has been criminalized.

Three women find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Kate, carrying the child of a sexual predator.
Grace, whose baby will be born with a fatal deformity.
And Cindee: abused, abandoned and pregnant.

Can these three very different women come together to fight an oppressive system and win their freedom?

Find out by reading Unborn, a chilling dystopia combined with a gripping legal thriller.

Author: Rachel McLean

Published: Today, February 21, 2020
271 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Dates Read: February 2-11, 2020

Jessica’s Review:

Set in the not too distant future, women have lost their rights and all abortion is considered murder. If a woman suffers a miscarriage then she may possibly be charged with manslaughter if it is deemed as an abortion.  And let’s not talk about what women are forced to do as a part of their sentencing for the ‘benefit’ of others…

In this chilling future in the United States, we find ourselves involved in the lives of three women whose differing circumstances eventually come together. You can’t help but like and also feel for all three women and the situations they are in: Kate, Grace, and Cindee.

Unborn is a thriller that also has a court element which was just as intriguing as the rest of the novel.  It is a quick read that leaves you thinking about morality and legalities of this time.  Unborn also helps you to be fearful that this could be the direction we may be heading in one day, but hopefully not as quickly as the time that this novel is set in.

Purchase Links:
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About the Author:

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

Contact Rachel:
Instagram: @rachelmcwrites


Liberation By Sian B. Claven

Author: Sian B. Claven
Published: April 15, 2019
51 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Evelyn was everything that Karen and Aubrey could ask for in an adopted daughter until she starts having the darkest of dreams, or perhaps they are the memories of her previous life that she seems to have forgotten.

Who was Evelyn in her past life? And why does it feel so bad?

Kim’s Review:

Claven does it again! This story is creepy and bloody and perfect for a short, engaging read! I will admit that at certain places, it did get a bit predictable, but other than that, I really enjoyed this story. Claven is perfect for a good horror book and she keeps proving it book after book. And the cover! I easily recommend this book for horror lovers!

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