Book Blogger Hop: Autumn

Book Blogger Hop

Blogging Question: With Autumn upon us and Halloween drawing near, what books remind you of fall? What ones do you enjoy reading that are about autumn?

I’m an absolute horror and gothic junkie when it comes to the fall.  I love reading and rereading all of Anne Rice’s vampire books.  I’m currently on a picture book buying binge for my son.  Its a shame that the only time of year that I can find “horror” books for toddler is around Halloween.  I have every intention of making my kid a fan of all things scary, just like me.  I also have been reading non-fiction books about haunted houses, because these too have been easier to find.  Is it too obvious that Halloween n is my favorite holiday?

By Lizzy's Dark Fiction Posted in meme

Booking Through Thursday: Burn

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Booking Through Thursday asks a random question to bloggers each week.  This week’s question:

 If your house was burning down and you could save just one book from your collection … what would it be?

My current collection of books is only a few years old.  The books that I truly cherish are in a relative’s house a few thousand miles away…stuck in storage until I can figure out a non-expensive way to transport them.  In that collection of books, there is one that is very special to me.  It is a copy of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery that was given to my mother from her parents as a child.  It is the only thing of my grandparents (they’re both deceased) that has survived the many moves that both my mother and I have made over the years.  I’d be devastated if I lost that book permanently.

What book would you save?

Book Review: The Last Grimm: Red’s Hood by H.L. Wampler

The Last Grimm:  Red’s Hood by H.L. Wampler

Publisher:  Self-published

Genre: Fantasy

You can buy it on ebook  or paperback on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  More reviews available on Goodreads.

Overall:   I think that this book needs more polishing.  There were a few minor things that drove me crazy, such as Abigail saying that ten minutes had passed in the narrative but she didn’t know what time it was.  How exactly would she know how much time had passed if she knew what time she arrived but not the current time?

Characters:  I think the characters were the weakest part of the book.  Most of the characters were one-dimensional and predictable.  Abigail, our heroine, didn’t seem to act her age.  In some scenes she felt 15 and others she felt 18 or 20.  I didn’t feel like this was an adult novel.  Even the sex scene felt like an awkward teenage experience.  I think that the novel would have been stronger if Abigail was younger.  With her as an adult, the scary scenes felt cheesy and the romance felt juvenile.  Abigail was a very unlikable girl.  She was quick to throw a fit and threw tantrums in nearly every chapter.  She was mean to her co-workers and friends, but always thought SHE was the victim.  Connor was rather pathetic.  He followed Abigail like a lap dog, bowing down to her every whim.

Plot:  Although the transition between scenes felt clumsy at times, I really enjoyed the plot.  I liked the action, the deaths, and the back story.  If the characters were more developed then I think that this would’ve been an awesome story.  I think that Abigail tried to visit too many places in the novel and so there was less of a visual connection made to each scene.

Ending:  It was quite cheesy and rushed at times, but I couldn’t help but smile while reading.  Overall, I’d recommend passing on this book, however I do believe that the author has a knack for storytelling and future books are worth a second glance.

Book Description:

Abigail Grimm stopped believing in fairy tales years ago. She is a college freshman who just landed the internship of the year. Things were going great; she even met a devastatingly good-looking man, Connor, who could not seem to get enough of her.

Then she witnesses the receptionist mauled to death by a giant wolf in the middle of downtown. The skeletons in her family’s closet come falling out as Abigail discovers she is actually the last in a long line of fairy tale guardians. And Connor, well he is not quite what he seems and has a few skeletons of his own.

Abigail must abandon everything she thought was real for make-believe and fantasy. With Connor by her side and a forbidden love budding, she must track down the wolf and save humanity before it’s too late.

Rating:  D

This book is an interesting retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

I purchased a copy of this book from Amazon.

About the Author

(Picture and information borrowed from Goodreads.)

H. L. Wampler lives in the great city of Pittsburgh with her husband, twin sons, bad dog, and one fat cat.

Along with writing novels, H. L. also blogs, tweets, Facebooks and works part-time as a HUC at Presby.

She is a woman of many talents.

She published her first novel, The Last Grimm: Reds Hood, on 8/1/2012. While getting rave reviews with friends and family, she strives to get it out to the strangers of the world.

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