Mini Reviews #14

November 8, 2018 Book Reviews 2

So I participated in a lot of readathons in October and haven’t reviewed half of the books I read so I foresee a few mini review post in my future…lol. 🙂

The House of Falling Embers by Krystal Jane Ruin

Once upon a time there was a witch. She was a kind witch, but that didn’t matter. The people were afraid, and fear often turns to hatred.

When Artemis was thirteen, her best friend Aris was swallowed by the crumbling house they found in the woods. Like a coward, she abandoned him to the horror within.

She moved away. She tried to forget. But when she finds herself back in her old neighborhood after college, the ghosts—and her guilt—are waiting. A charred figure stalks her dreams, and someone, or something, haunts her from the trees.

Going back into the woods might be the only way to save her sanity.

Because nine years later, the house is still there. Still waiting. Still restless.

I so wanted to love this one but it just simply fell flat for me. I wanted a cool witch story and the witch wasn’t even that big a part of the story. It was mainly about Artemis who lost her best friend/boyfriend when the house swallowed itself and nobody believed her. Now she has moved back with her boyfriend Liam who has them moving into his parents old home which actually use to belong to Aris and his family, so lots of long buried memories surface and she starts seeing strange things.

I think this might be New Adult as I believe the MC is like 22 but it felt like more a YA with all her ansty relationship problems with Liam which is what most of the story was about, that and her staring at the woods in the back where Aris disappeared.

It just bored me and then when the ending happened it felt a little rushed and unbelievable so I just really didn’t like it much.

The House by the Cemetery by John Everson

Rumor has it that the abandoned house by the cemetery is haunted by the ghost of a witch. But rumors won’t stop carpenter Mike Kostner from rehabbing the place as a haunted house attraction. Soon he’ll learn that fresh wood and nails can’t keep decades of rumors down. There are noises in the walls, and fresh blood on the floor: secrets that would be better not to discover. And behind the rumors is a real ghost who will do whatever it takes to ensure the house reopens. She needs people to fill her house on Halloween. There’s a dark, horrible ritual to fulfill. Because while the witch may have been dead… she doesn’t intend to stay that way.

And another one I was hoping was going to be really good but I was kind of let down. I was hoping for a really cool haunted house story and the beginning started out okay and then Katie showed up. I guessed who she was right from the start and thought Mike was incredible stupid and only thinking with his hormones and loneliness and he drove me crazy. Even when he figures out who she is he is still STUPID!  He made me so mad that even when the cool slasher style ending happened I didn’t enjoy it and I really think he deserved what happened to him in the end so I didn’t even fill bad for him because he was a moron.

I did enjoy the POV’s of the people who was coming into the house to fix it up as a haunted house and felt somewhat bad for them all at the end. Their parts of the book just wasn’t enough to turn the book around for me. 

Now That She’s Gone by Gregg Olson

Notorious serial killer Brenda Nevins has cajoled, seduced, blackmailed, and left a trail of bodies all across Washington State. Now, after a daring prison escape, she is free to carry out her ultimate act of revenge. The targets: forensic pathologist Birdy Waterman and sheriff’s detective Kendall Stark. The pawn: a television psychic hungry for fame, ratings, and blood. There’s only way to stop a killer as brutal, brilliant, and twisted as this: beat her at her own game…

This is the second book in the Waterman and Stark series and I read the first one a few years ago but it wasn’t hard to get back into the series. I remember Brenda Nevins from the first book and she helped them with a case they were working on, but she didn’t get as much attention as she thought it would bring her. So she figures out how to manipulate a person and break out of prison with Waterman and Stark in her cross-hairs.

Meanwhile, there are some murders happening and Stark gets wrapped up in everything when a television psychic gets involved.

Overall, it was okay but I didn’t like it as much as I liked the first book. I really like Waterman and Stark but it doesn’t seem like the author is writing any more or it’s just taking a long time as there is only one other one is the series on goodreads and it is from 2016. 🙁 Oh well, it’s a decent series and I will probably get to the third book soon. 

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