Sean Suh is done with killing. After serving three years in a psychiatric prison, he’s determined to stay away from temptation. But he can’t resist Annabelle–beautiful, confident, incandescent Annabelle–who alone can see past the monster to the man inside. The man he’s desperately trying to be.
Then Annabelle disappears.
Sean is sure she’s been kidnapped—he witnessed her being taken first hand—but the police are convinced that Sean himself is at the center of this crime. And he must admit, his illness has caused him to “lose time” before. What if there’s more to what happened than he’s able to remember?
Though haunted by the fear that it might be better for Annabelle if he never finds her, Sean can’t bring himself to let go of her without a fight. To save her, he’ll have to do more than confront his own demons… He’ll have to let them loose.
I picked this one to be my first Blogoween post and I’m so excited to share it with you!!! (Please visit Clo@BookDragons to learn more about Blogoween.)
The narrator of Hunting Annabelle is Sean Suh. He’s a young man who’s been released from a psychiatric prison a few years ago. Since being released, he’s only spoken with his mom and his psychiatrist…until he meets Annabelle at Four Corners, an amusement park that he describes as “a cheap Disney rip off.”
Sean has been diagnosed as a schizophrenic and he takes multiple medications, which make him feel disoriented and sluggish. This is important because, when Annabelle goes missing during their date at none other than Four Corners, Sean begins to shake off the sluggishness and other side-effects from his medication. He becomes clear for the first time in a very long time. Is it his love for Annabelle removing the effects so he can find her?
As Sean searches for Annabelle, he realizes he didn’t really know her. How could he, after all? He’d only known her for a couple of days. But he’s digging into her life and her past and in doing so, he learns that he wasn’t the only one keeping secrets when they met. This doesn’t deter him from his mission of finding her though. In fact, it seems to only make him care for her even more!
I have to admit… it’s a little odd to be inside the mind of Sean! It’s not that he’s not likable, it’s quite the opposite! I found myself so proud of him at times simply for not killing people! At other times, I was either wishing he had or thankful he did. If you’re a fan of the show Dexter, you’ll definitely take a liking to Sean Suh!!!
This book is crazy in all the best ways and had my heart pounding often!!! I recommend reading it in a nice low-light on a spooky October night! You’ll be in for more than just a good scare… There are multiple HUGE twists in Hunting Annabelle. My best advice for reading this one… don’t ever think you know what’s going on! Trust me, you don’t. (And that, is my highest praise for any good mystery!)
I received a free review copy of this book through NetGalley. This in no way influenced my review.
What do you think of Hunting Annabelle? Have a suggestion for my next read? Leave me a comment below!
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If you’ve followed my blog since the start 3 years ago, then you know that I took almost 2 years off before starting back up again this past June/July. I’ve been very fortunate that many of you have subscribed and followed me since then! But the focus of my blog has shifted significantly since it began.
When I began blogging, I posted mostly about myself and about my writing pursuits. Since starting back up this past summer, I’ve been focusing on book reviews and related bookish topics. I’ve been overwhelmed with the response to the change in focus, and I’m very happy about that, but it does mean I’m going to need to make a few changes.
So I’m giving everyone fair warning… Over the next month or so, I’ll be making a lot of changes to my site. Some are necessary changes, and some are just fun things I want to do.
But one immediate change needs to be made… Due to the high volume of e-mails I receive daily for review requests, my Review Disclosure Policy must be updated, effective immediately! I’ve listed the immediate changes below: Current:
I accept both e- and print books. Please note that I do prefer to receive actual print books, as I’m kinda old-fashioned in my note taking and it’s easier for me to reference my notes while writing my reviews. (Also, they smell better than my Kindle.) If you’re sending an e-version, please send in .mobi.
I accept both e- and print books. Please note that I do prefer to receive actual print books, as I’m kinda old-fashioned in my note taking and it’s easier for me to reference my notes while writing my reviews. Therefore, when on the fence about reviewing a book, preference may be given to those willing to offer a print book. (Also, they smell better than my Kindle.) If you’re sending an e-version, please send in .mobi.
I will respond to all requests (except in the scenario later in this list). While I try to respond within 24 hours, this is not always possible. Please be patient.
While I do try, I cannot guarantee a response to all requests. If you have not heard back from me in two weeks, please feel free to resubmit your request. When resubmitting, please let me know that you are doing so.
I am on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and LibraryThing. I will post reviews to Amazon as well, although I cannot guarantee those reviews will not be removed. I have had problems with Amazon approving and then later removing my reviews in the past. I cannot be responsible for removal by Amazon. I apologize in advance should this happen. (I do try to stay up to date and in compliance with all of Amazon’s review policies.)
I do accept books for review consideration from publicists, agents, authors, etc. Yes, this includes self-published authors. It does not mean that I will agree to receive every one that is suggested. Please, do not take it personally and do not get nasty. While I may not be open or able to review your current book, I may be dying to read and review the next (or even a previous one). However, negative responses to my declining to review will result in me not responding to future requests or emails from that author.
I do accept books for review consideration from publicists, agents, authors, etc. Yes, this includes self-published authors. It does not mean that I will agree to receive every one that is suggested. I receive a large volume of review requests and therefore can only accept every request. Please, do not take it personally and do not get nasty. While I may not be open or able to review your current book, I may be dying to read and review the next (or even a previous one). However, negative responses to my declining to review will result in me not responding to future requests or emails from that author.
Addition to Current Policy:
Acceptance of a book for review does not guarantee that that book will be reviewed. While I do try to review every book I accept, not every book is a great fit for me and I will not review a book I did not finish reading. If a book is accepted and is later DNF’d, I will contact the person who requested the book be reviewed via e-mail to let them know.
When deciding whether to accept a book for possible review, preference will be given to books written by authors I have previously reviewed, books in the below categories, and books featuring positive representation of bi-racial characters. Please be sure to mention these in your review request. (It also helps if you actually follow/read my posts.)
Thank you all for understanding the necessity of these changes. I hate even having a review policy, but I found it to be a necessary evil very quickly! Also, I’m totally open to suggestions!!! I’m so thankful to the book blogger community for helping with so much over the last few months and would love some feedback!
As always, comment below or use the Contact Me form! I look forward to hearing from you!
Can warthogs fly? Do tigers eat broccoli?
For answers, follow along as Warthog lies his way to the throne in this timeless, yet most timely, Tale from the Watering Hole.
Will the Truth catch up with the king?
Find out as Alex Beard’s whimsical animals come to life to illuminate real world truths for children of all ages. With a nod to Aesop and Kipling, this funny and pointed parable has lessons for everyone, from the playground to the boardroom and beyond!
The Lying King is incredibly timely given the current political climate in the U.S.A. It reminds me of Dr. Seuss in that it has an obvious “hidden” statement. As Seuss wrote Yertle the Turtle King with Hitler in mind, I’m sure that author Alex Beard had the problem of lying as an acceptable practice in our current society in mind, when he wrote The Lying King.
I often wonder what the effect the current situation both here and around the world is going to have on our children. They are growing up in an environment where you cannot click on the television, read an article on the internet, or watch the news without seeing someone getting ahead, profiting both monetarily and politically, by spouting obvious lies. I love that Beard wrote a book like this that unequivocally tells our children that Lying is NOT okay! It is NOT acceptable! And it’s certainly NOT a way to become king!
As Beard says in The Lying King:
‘Cause that’s in the end how it always goes down…
The king who tells lies loses his crown.
The illustrations in The Lying King are fun and I enjoyed them just as much as the story! I’m sure I’ll be reading this one for many years to come…
I definitely recommend this book for anyone, not just children.
I received a free review copy of this book through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program. This in no way influenced my review.
What do you think of The Lying King? Have a suggestion for my next read? Leave me a comment below!
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What is Blogoween??? I’m glad you asked…
You can find out more by visiting Clo @BookDragons, but it’s basically a time for us book bloggers to take October and spread some wonderful bookish Halloweeniness across the internet. (Yeah, I said Halloweeniness… Of course it’s a word – I just used it in a sentence, did I?!?)
While there are 3 different participation levels to chose from, I’ll be participating in Level 1. I REALLY want to do Level 3, but realistically that’s just a little much for me at the moment.
Level 1: 13 Days of Blogoween
Pick any 13 days to post
Don’t have to be consecutive
Don’t have to post on Halloween (but you can!)
Level 2: Pumpkins & Spice
Must post on the 24th Oct through to the 31st Oct (that’s 7 posts)
Must be consecutive posts
Must post on Halloween
Can’t change level
Level 3: Ghosted
Posting EVERY DAY (that’s 31 posts)
Can mix Autumn themes into your posts
If you find within the first few days it’s too much, can switch to Level 1
One of the best parts about participating in Blogoween is that you’re not alone! There are some wonderful hosts who’ll be giving prompts all along the way. So you don’t even have to worry about blogger’s block! Here are the hosts for each week:
Visit the hosts and/or sign-up to participate! It’s going to be a great time!
Are you participating in Blogween? Thinking about participating (or just have something to say)??? Comment below!
Happy Blogoween Everyone!!!
Title: Get Weird: Discover the Surprising Secret to Making a Difference Author: CJ Casciotta Publication Date & Publisher: September 11, 2018, Faith Words Genre(s): Christian Living/Practical Life/Personal Growth Length: 217 pages ISBN: 978-1-5460-3191-8 My Rating: 3.5/5.0 Description (from Goodreads): Most of us grow up believing it’s more important to fit in than to stand out. But there’s something different about you…and it matters.
What if your weirdness was the key to changing everything? What if the outrageous, imaginative, crazy ideas that live inside your wildest dreams are actually there on purpose, divinely preinstalled to help others?
Knowing what makes you weird is the best thing you can offer your art, your business, your friends, your family, and yourself. It’s the essence of creativity, the stuff of movements, and the hope for humanity. It’s time to quit painting by numbers, conforming to patterns, and checking off boxes. It’s time to GET WEIRD. My review:
I enjoyed reading Get Weird, and CJ Casciotta definitely knows how to inspire people to be their truest, weirdest selves!
While the book is a Christian Living title, it doesn’t read as such. Casciotta includes references to scripture and Christian beliefs, but also includes plenty of other references. To be honest, about halfway through the book I had to go back and double check that what I was reading was actually something I’d consider a “Christian Living” title. The flow of Casciotta’s writing and the way he weaves words just isn’t what you’d expect from a book like this… you aren’t going to find scripture on every page or a how-to explanation on how to increase your faith.
What you will find in this book is a lot of inspiration to be the weirdly wonderful you you were made to be! As a person that’s always had a hard time fitting in, this was a really great read for me. I definitely felt a little more comfortable with my “weirdness” after reading Get Weird. I recommend it to anyone else that struggles to accept their uniqueness in a world constantly encouraging them to embrace sameness.
Thank you to FaithWords for providing me with a free review copy of this book. This in no way influenced my review.
What do you think of my review of Get Weird? Have a suggestion for my next read? Leave me a comment below!
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Hello everyone! It’s time once again for WWW Wednesday ! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.
Don’t know what WWW Wendesday is or how to participate??? All you need to do is answer the following three questions and link back to Taking on a World of Words, or you can put your answers in the comments on her blog! (You can also leave your link in my comments to be sure I don’t miss your post!)
The three WWW questions are:
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
Here’s what I’m currently reading:
I just started reading Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Seek by Anthony O’Neill today… As you probably know by now (assuming you read my WWW Wednesday regularly), I never say what I think on a book until I’m pretty far in so nothing to report so far on this one!
I am really enjoying The House By the Cemetery by John Everson!!! I’ll probably be finishing it up today (assuming the migraine I’m trying to keep at bay allows it). This has been a great start to my list of books I want to post about for Blogoween.
(No, I haven’t “officially” signed up for Blogoween yet… Yes, I’m going to… At some point before October 1! Yeah, I know that’s in 4 days, stop pestering me…)
I recently finished:
I CANNOT WAIT to gush about these three books I recently finished reading!!! Not the girls you’re looking for by Aminah Mae Safi… seriously, I NEEDED a book like this when I was younger! Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar had me sobbing most of the time, but I know I’m going to be reading it over and over again and forcing anyone I can get to listen to me to read it! A Home for the Redeemed by Sue Behnke was also a great read!
Stay tuned for the reviews for all these to be posted over the next week!
What I’ll be reading next:
What’s your WWW? Any thoughts on the books above? Leave a comment or send me a message through the Contact Me page.
Want to support my laziness??? Feel free to leave a link to your own WWW Wednesday post in case I miss it over on Taking on a World of Words. (The link list is long over there guys, and I’ve got a lot of books to read…)