Category: Sunday Meme

VIDEO Sunday Series Review of Asylum I & II by Sian B. Claven

Today we bring you Kim’s series review of Asylum I & II by Sian B. Claven.  This time the review is different: She did a video review! Kim felt she could bring better words talking versus typing.

**DISCLAIMER**
These books will NOT be for everyone: Proceed with Caution!

Books in the Series:
Asylum I
Asylum II


Asylum I
Published: February 15, 2019
253 Pages

Hans is a brilliant doctor, sent to an Asylum in the middle of nowhere to continue his post-world war experiments on the insane.

Karen is a bubbly nurse whose sole intention in the world is to do good and help those that cannot help themselves.
Good intentions cross into power hungry mania in this horrific tale of how all their failed experiments come back to haunt them, and how the Asylum holds its own secrets.

“Asylum makes your hair stand on end. This is creepy and dark, yet incredibly fascinating. To delve into the mind of the ‘scientist’ at this asylum is to find sheer madness roiling in those depths, as well as utter self-delusion. The very stones of this madhouse is drenched with horror … a clever and twisted MUST read!”- Elaina J. Davidson

Asylum II
Published: June 15, 2019
169 Pages

For cop killer Bradley Walker, pleading insane was the easiest get out of jail free card he ever played. Left in the hands of the cops to decide where he is sent, he is dropped off at an Asylum in the middle of nowhere. All is not as it seems and Bradley is left questioning his sanity when the orderlies, nurses and doctors all around him appear more insane than the patients.


Kim’s Rating of the Series: 4 Stars

Kim’s Video Review:

 

Purchase Links:
Asylum I
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Asylum II
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Short Story Sunday: The Girl in the Plane by Katherine Center

The Girl in the Plane: A Short Story
Author: Katherine Center
Published: July 23, 2019
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: August 21, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

From Katherine Center, New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away, comes a short story The Girl in the Plane, featuring Cassie Hanwell, the courageous female firefighter at the heart of Things You Save in a Fire.

This audio edition is read by the author.

Jessica’s Review:

This short story is the bridge between two of Katherine Center’s novels: How to Walk Away and Things You Save in a Fire. If you have read and enjoyed those two novels then you ABSOLUTELY MUST listen to this audio short story, as it enhances both, but more so How to Walk Away for me. 

I really enjoyed having both Margaret and Cassie together and a certain other character I won’t name: You’ll just have to read it to find out who it is.  Listening to this short story makes me want to read both of these novels again. I really loved both of them. I will definitely be reading more of Center’s books!

I also loved that Center read the audiobook. She did very well reading it and it makes the chapter more personal hearing her actual voice reading her words.  It was read in just over 30 minutes.

My review for How to Walk Away is here.
My review for Things You Save in a Fire is here.

You can listen to the audio version of The Girl in the Plane for FREE via Google Play or Apple Books.

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Standalone Sunday: None of the Above

Standalone Sunday (#SAS) was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

It has been a while since we did #SAS.  This week’s #SAS is a contemporary YA novel.  This one deals with coming to terms with yourself and learning who you really are. 

This week’s #SAS is by I.W. Gregorio:

None of the Above

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Remembering Megan:

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads. She sadly passed away last year and was the heart of the book blogger community. She was always so welcoming and helpful towards others and she is missed.

Megan’s presence on social media is gone, but I will remember her! It’s sad that a life so young ended.

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