Nest by Terry Goodkind

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Preface: Wizard’s First Rule was the book that got me into reading fantasy. Thanks to Terry Goodkind, I am the person I am today. My writing is a direct result of his, and I owe him immeasurably for it. I have never read a thriller before, but because I’ve read every single one of his books I figured I’d give it a shot. Nest is his debut thriller novel so I had no idea what to expect.

Well, the good news is it got me in chapter one. I drank it in like cult koolaid and was immediately eager to find out where it was going to go. A mentally challenged man chained up ‘the devil’ in his basement? So many possibilities I can’t begin to tell you what went on in my head. I was not disappointed in the story that followed.

It was a mix of horror and crime drama with a dash of magical realism.  It had all the ingredients of an amazing story that left a lasting impression on the reader’s worldview. And it did – I just wish that’s all it did.

Goodkind is known for repetition in his writing style, and it never quite bothered me before. I could just skim when he went off on his tangents of internal struggles and long-winded explanations.

For Nest? Not so much. In this book, the entire middle was explanations upon explanations (and re-explanations) with bits of actual things happening throughout. If I skipped them I would end up skipping half the book.

The story itself was so interesting I really wanted to keep reading, but man at times I just felt like rolling my eyes and skipping. However, I didn’t want to miss the awesome (and genuinely surprising) twists Terry put throughout the book so I had to keep with it.

Overall, I’m glad I read it because it gave me a lot to think about, but I probably wouldn’t read a second one. It was gory and terrifying at times, with a great beginning and end. A solid story I wish I enjoyed reading more, but by the amount of five star reviews on Goodreads, there are plenty of people who loved it.

Cross-posted to My Trending Stories.

Broken Dolls by Tyrolin Puxty

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Woah.

This book was weird.

I’ve never read anything like it before, and I don’t think ‘unique’ covers just how, well, unique it is. And that cover is haunting. Just about as haunting as the story itself.

The premise is about a living doll that used to be a girl. We go through phases of wondering who is actually the ‘bad guy’, and it’s really freaking intense. The moment I start to believe it’s one person – BAM. Wrong. Or am I? Oh crap. I don’t know! AAH!

By the end, it’s not just an emotional roller coaster, but a dark twisted story with so many moral conundrums I can’t even begin to address them.

There are a few things you have to take ‘as is’ but it’s sci-fi, so a bit of looking the other way is essential to enjoy the story.

Overall, holy crap. This is a hard book to put down because the wondering eats away at you. I guess what I’m trying to say is pick this up – it’s definitely worth a read.

I Hope You Find Me by Trish Marie Dawson

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As someone who reads (and writes) post-apocalyptic stories, this one took me by surprise. In a good way.

Here’s the thing. When I pick my books, I only read the ‘hook’ aka first sentence or two of the description and make my decision right then and there. I only have time for x amount of books a year, and my to-read list is a mile wide so if I’m not hooked from the get-go it’s probably not going to get read.

Anyway, in this book I saw post-apocalypse, virus, woman’s children die in her arms and she goes to find somewhere to live while leaving notes for others to find her. Interesting premise so I figured I’d give it a shot.

What I did not expect, however, was the major difference between this book and every other post-apocalypse scenario I’ve encountered in the past. The dead don’t become zombies or monsters. They become…something else I can’t say without spoilers. Something terrifying because it’s not at all unbelievable.

There was a point where I actually started to psych myself out because I was alone (my husband went out with some friends) and a part came where I debated putting the book down and wishing he would come home. Crazy, I know.

Aside from the horror, it’s also partially a romance. I was glad for the lack of corniness, which made the romance part realistic. Very little eye-rolling and a lot of feels.

I’m really glad I read this one, and I think if you’re into the post-apocalyptic scenario you will not be disappointed. It’s very well written and gives a whole new perspective to the genre.