The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Book Review

Title: The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Genre: Domestic, Mystery, Thriller

Rating: DNF

I didn’t know anything about The Wives before getting into it and I prefer reading mysteries and thrillers this way because you don’t know what to expect. From the synopsis all I can gather is that Thursday’s husband, Seth has two other wives who she knows about but has never meet and that there is a mystery surrounding the husband’s behaviour which causes the wives to meet. We learn very quickly that we don’t get to know the names of the wives just the day of the week that Seth is with them and we are following Thursday. It turns out she is the legal wife of Seth and yet many of his family believe that he is still married to Tuesday who is technically his ex-wife and there is also Monday who is currently pregnant. We haven’t even really got into the meat of the novel at all and this is already severally messed up as the other wives except Tuesday seem to be kept hidden meaning that in Seattle where Thursday is living in America it might not be legal. I actually looked this up and currently polygamy or being married to more than one person is illegal in every state except Utah but that only came into effect in 2020 so we can safely assume that Seth having more than one wife is very illegal which is why they are kept hidden. Thursday loves the attention Seth gives her, however, she is extremely jealous of the other wives and find herself having to not think about them if she wants to have a good day with Seth. She also seems to resent both the fact that Tuesday was the first wife and that Monday is pregnant but her world revolves around Seth so she says nothing to avoid upsetting him because she wants to keep him.

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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H. P. Lovecraft

Book Review

Title: The Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories by H. P. Lovecraft

Genre: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Horror, Anthology

Rating: 3.6 Stars

I haven’t read any Lovecraft before but I have read book and been recommended books that are similar so I decided to pick up The Call of Cthulhu to see what Lovecraft’s writing is actually like. As this is a short story collection I will review each stories individually and the end this review with my thoughts on the collection as a whole.

Dagon – ***

Dagon was a strange story following a German naval prisoner of war who escapes from the ship housing them in a small boat. For a while he drifts at sea before awaking one morning to find himself on a strange and foreboding island. On this island he sees the decaying bodies of many strange creatures but eventually finds himself in a valley where he comes across a strange statue. The statue he later learns might be Dagon, the Fish-God but what unnerves him is the depictions of mermaid like people of a huge size worshipping Dagon. He ends up seeing one of the creatures before fleeing in terror, afterwards he uses drugs like morphine and eventually suicide to escape the madness plaguing him and the knowledge that one day when the land sinks into the ocean these creatures will reign supreme.

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You and Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne (MAJOR Spoilers Ahead)

Book Review

Title: You and Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Rating: 3 Stars

From what I can gather this is a dual perspective novel following Hannah Ashton and Leo Sterling during the apocalypse, like 28 Day Later style where everyone just vanishes so I am intrigued. At the opening of the novel we know through Hannah that five days ago basically everything and everyone like people and animals disappeared and she has lived for the past five days thinking she is the only person in her city as she hasn’t gone beyond that. Hannah is very anxious about the situation and upon visiting the bookstore owned by a friend’s family she meets Leo. She knows Leo from school even though they don’t run in the same circles and she is delighted as there is another person. Leo is just as delighted even if he doesn’t show it at first because he like Hannah has felt an increasing anxiety stemming from being alone all the time. The first interaction between the pair is extremely awkward as neither can believe it is happening, Hannah is also a little dumbstruck by the fact the only other living being she has seen in five days is one of the hottest boys at school and someone she might have had a crush on for a long time. We can immediately see that each has pre-set ideas about what the other one is liked based of their knowledge from other people not knowing that person themselves. I did like the fact both have anxious tics, Hannah acts out her ballet choreography with her hands to calm herself down where as Leo uses music but he bounces his leg a lot which was nice to see in both a male and female character.

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You and Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne (Spoiler Free)

Book Review

Title: You and Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Release Date: July 20, 2021

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Genre: YA Dystopian

Pages: 368

ISBN: 9781338712636

Synopsis:

This is no ordinary apocalypse…

Hannah Ashton wakes up to silence. The entire city around her is empty, except for one other person: Leo Sterling. Leo might be hottest boy ever (and not just because he’s the only one left), but he’s also too charming, too selfish, and too devastating for his own good, let alone Hannah’s.

Stuck with only each other, they explore a world with no parents, no friends, and no school and realize that they can be themselves instead of playing the parts everyone expects of them. Hannah doesn’t have to be just an overachieving, music-box-perfect ballerina, and Leo can be more than a slacker, 80s-glam-metal-obsessed guitarist. Leo is a burst of honesty and fun that draws Hannah out, and Hannah’s got Leo thinking about someone other than himself for the first time.

Together, they search for answers amid crushing isolation, but while their empty world may appear harmless . . . it’s not. Because nothing is quite as it seems, and if Hannah and Leo don’t figure out what’s going on, they might just be torn apart forever.

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The Dark Chorus by Ashley Meggitt (MAJOR Spoilers Ahead!)

Book Review

Title: The Dark Chorus by Ashley Meggitt

Genre: Horror, Suspense

Print length: 241

Age range: 18+

Trigger warnings: Explicit violence, Ritual killing.

Synopsis:

Oblivio salvationem Angelis opperitur: Oblivion awaits the Angel’s salvation

The Boy can see lost souls. 

He has never questioned the fact that he can see them. He thinks of them as the Dark Chorus. When he sets out to restore the soul of his dead mother it becomes clear that his ability comes from within him. It is a force that he cannot ignore – the last shard of the shattered soul of an angel. 

To be restored to the kingdom of light, the shard must be cleansed of the evil that infects it – but this requires the corrupt souls of the living! 

With the help from Makka, a psychotically violent young man full of hate, and Vee, an abused young woman full of pain, the Boy begins to kill. 

Psychiatrist Dr Eve Rhodes is seconded to assist the police investigation into the Boy’s apparently random ritualistic killings. As the investigation gathers pace, a pattern emerges. When Eve pulls at the thread from an article in an old psychology journal, what might otherwise have seemed to her a terrible psychotic delusion now feels all too real…

Will the Boy succeed in restoring the angel’s soul to the light? Can Eve stop him, or will she be lost to realm of the Dark Chorus?

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Announcement

Hey Guys I have been having an awesome reading time but this will change over the next few weeks. I am in the middle of moving house and starting a new job so my reviews will be sporadic for a couple of weeks before I get back on track.

July Bookopoly TBR

I completed 21 out of 22 rolls last month so in July I am starting with 15 rolls not including doubles.

Roll 1 (1 + 4 = 5) – Chance – The Dark Chorus by Ashley Meggitt

Roll 2 (2 + 1 = 3) – TBR Game – Battlemage by Stephen Aryan

Roll 3 (6 + 4 = 10) – Becca Rec – Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Roll 4 (6 + 4 = 10) – 5 Star Prediction – Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

Roll 5 (5 + 6 = 11) – Lowest rated – The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan (3.23 on Goodreads)

Roll 6 (5 + 3 = 8) – Light cover – You and Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne

Roll 7 (5 + 1 = 6) – Poll Pick – The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel

Roll 8 (4 + 3 = 7) – Chance – Find Me by Andre Aciman

Roll 9 (6 + 4 = 10) – Set in the Present – My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Roll 10 (1 + 2 = 3) – Friend Pick – Enigma Variation by Andre Aciman

Roll 11 (1 + 4 = 5) – Go [Random] – New Moon by Stephanie Myer

Roll 12 (3 + 5 = 8) – Foiled/Pretty Cover – Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Roll 13 (1 + 2 = 3) – Disability Rep – The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Roll 14 (5 + 4 = 9) – Becca Rec – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Roll 15 (2 + 6 = 8) – Read a sad book – Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

June Bookopoly – Final Update

Last month we ended with Becca Rec so I will be rolling from there. I am also starting this month with 12 rolls not including doubles as I managed to complete 19 last month.

I ended up with 22 rolls this month and I managed to complete 21 of those so I am starting next month on 15 rolls.

Roll 1 (2 + 1 = 3) – Standalone – Shark Summer by Ira Marcks

Roll 2 (5 + 1 = 6) – Nature on the Cover – The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Roll 3 (3 + 4 = 7) – Chance – Breach of Peace by Daniel B. Greene

Roll 4 (4 + 6 = 10) – Dark Cover – The Loop by Ben Oliver

Roll 5 (5 + 2 = 7) – POC Rep – Luster by Raven Leilani

Roll 6 (1 + 1 = 2) – Poll Pick – Parade by Hiromi Kawakami

Roll 7 (4 + 2 = 6) – First in a Series – The Coward by Stephen Aryan

Roll 8 (5 + 4 = 9) – 5 Star Prediction – Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Roll 9 (6 + 3 = 9) – Highest Rated – Short Stories in Japanese by Various Authors  

Roll 10 (6 + 1 = 7) – Dark Cover – Trans Medicine by Stef M Shuster

Roll 11 (5 + 1 = 6) – Ebook or Audio – Ms Ice Sandwich by Mieko Kawakami

Roll 12 (5 + 1 = 6) – Young Adult – The Block by Ben Oliver

Roll 13 (2 + 1 = 3) – First in a Series – The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Roll 14 (4 + 3 = 7) – Read a Sad Book –  So We Look to the Sky by Misumi Kubo

Roll 15 (2 + 2 = 4) – Set in the Present – The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Roll 16 (1 + 2 = 3) – Friend Pick – The Cuts That Cure by Arthur Herbert

Roll 17 (4 + 4 = 8) – Small Book – House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

Roll 18 (4 + 1 = 5) – Foiled/Pretty Cover – Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Roll 19 (1 + 5 = 6) – LGBT Rep – Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Roll 20 (6 + 6 = 12) – Fire on the Cover –

Roll 21 (4 + 4 = 8) – Set in the Future – Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Roll 22 (5 + 3 = 8) – Community Shelf – Written in Bone by Sue Black

June Book Bingo – Final Update

I did really well on the book bingo this month with only three prompts I was able to fulfil but I was really happy with my progress overall.

Title begins with J – Japanese Stories by Anne McNulty

Over 400 pages –

Characters get married – The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Author uses a pen name – Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Protagonist is royalty

Discovered on bookstagram – The Loop by Ben Oliver

Audiobook in your fav genre – Anxious People by Fredrik Backman  

Read outside – Breach of Peace by Daniel B Greene

Dress on the cover – Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Own voices and LGBT rep – Trans Medicine by Stef M Shuster

Featured on bookish first – House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

Plot involves social media – So We Look to the Sky by Misumi Kubo

Free – Parade by Hiromi Kawakami

Ask for a rec – The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa  

Buddy read – Ms Ice Sandwich by Mieko Kawakami

LGBT audiobook – The Block by Ben Oliver

Published in June – The Cuts that Cure by Arthur Herbert

Drink on the cover –

Library book – Short Stories in Japanese by Various Authors

Set during the summer – Shark Summer by Ira Marcks

Fav trope – Written in Bone by Sue Black

Fatherhood theme – Luster by Raven Leilani

Characters hike or camp – Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Backlist – The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

New to you audio narrator – The Coward by Stephen Aryan

June Wrap Up

I am so proud I managed to read 24 books this month and I am aiming for the same in July, hopefully that goes well.

Breach of Peace by Daniel B. Greene – When an imperial family is found butchered, Officers of God are called to investigate. Evidence points to a rebel group trying to stab fear into the very heart of the empire. Inspector Khlid begins a harrowing hunt for those responsible, but when a larger conspiracy comes to light, she struggles to trust even the officers around her.

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